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BC Official Assigned to 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship
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).
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