Syracuse, NY - The Federal Prospects Hockey League has announced Referee’s Jonathon Sitarski and Brian Cole along with Linesmen Corey Fossa and Michael Imperio have been named the recipients of the 2021-22 Wayne Bonney Top Crew Award.
This award honors the seasons top 4 rated on-ice officials (2 Referee’s & 2 Linesmen). It is in Honor of Wayne Boney, a retired National Hockey League Linesman. His NHL career started in 1979 after a brilliant career with the WHA, and ended in 2004. During his career (in which he wore a helmet from the mid-1980s until his retirement), he officiated 2,470 regular season games (both WHA and NHL), 134 playoff games, five Stanley Cup finals, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and one All-Star game. From the 1994-95 NHL season until his retirement, he wore uniform number 94. He also became the first NHL official to wear a visor.
Isaac Kessler has been named the recipient of the 2021-22 Jim Hebermehl Memorial Award.
This award honors an on-ice official for exhibiting the best type conduct and sportsmanship throughout the season. It is in Honor of Jim Hebermehl, an off-ice official who displayed a level of sportsmanship, kindness, and compassion to all he encountered. Jim passed away Friday January 4th, 2019.
FPHL Director of Officiating Paul Jene stated, “I couldn't be more proud of this group and they all deserve the recognition. The on ice staff worked extremely hard this season and battled a lot of adversity. I cannot say enough about the dedication that the entire officiating staff has shown to the league. They are helping change the culture thats continues drawing more officials to the league every year even during an officiating shortage.
The FPHL congratulates the outstanding on ice work effort and ethics of these officials as well as all the hard work the entire on ice officiating staff put into this season.
The FPHL is a Single A Minor Professional hockey league and will be entering its 13th season in the fall of 2022.