Wednesday, October 5, 2016
BC official Nathan Van Oosten (Vancouver, BC) has been selected by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to officiate as a linesman at the 2017 World Junior Championship in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, from December 26, 2016 to January 5, 2017.
Van Oosten began officiating at age 12 in 1995 with the Langley Minor Hockey Association (MHA) and received his Hockey Canada Officiating Program Level Four (4) certification in 2007. Nathan progressed through the BC Hockey Above Minor Officiating Program while serving as a BC Hockey instructor and linesman in the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), the BC Hockey League (BCHL) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) league. He is also a current Western Hockey League (WHL) linesman and has officiated in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition to officiating special event games for the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), he has also been selected previously for the following Hockey Canada National Championships and IIHF events:
2007 World Junior A Challenge Trail, BC (Championship game)
2009 Royal Bank Cup (Junior A) Victoria, BC (Championship game)
2010 World Junior A Challenge Penticton, BC
2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup Saskatoon, SK (Championship game)
2015 World University Games Granada, Spain
2016 IIHF U18 World Champ Grand Forks, USA
2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup Red Deer, AB
Van Oosten becomes the sixth consecutive BC Hockey Official to be selected for the World Junior Championships, joining Kiel Murchison (2011), Pat Smith (2012), Steve Papp (2013), Bevan Mills (2014) and Brett Iverson (2015).