Syracuse, NY - The Federal Prospects Hockey League has announced Referee’s Ken Radolinski and Sean D'Loughy along with Linesmen Cameron Campbell and Isaac Kessler have been named the recipients of the 2022-23 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.
FPHL Director of Officiating Paul Jene gave a statement on this years Top Crew Recipients saying, “I’m extremely proud of this group of guys. They most definitely deserve this. But I also need to put a huge thanks out to all my guys that go out night after night and bust their tails. This is such a thankless job and we as officials get bashed by almost everyone. Do we make mistakes.....of course we do but its what makes us better. Single-A minor pro hockey is one of the toughest levels of hockey to work and we have an experienced group of officials dedicated to making this league better and they are doing just that. This group here is an example of the type of guys that have that chose to come out and meet the challenges of the game head on. Congratulations to this years Top Crew Recipients. Well deserved."
All four officials gave statements upon receiving the news.
Ken Radolinski stated, "I am honored to be 1 of 2 Referees chosen for this years Wayne Bonney award. Wayne had a tremendous career at the highest level in the world. For me to be considered for an award with his name and history on it is very humbling. There were many officials deserving of this award and I am grateful to have been included."
Ken also currently is an official for the American Hockey League (AHL), the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) & the FPHL’s lateral Single-A competitor the (SPHL).
Sean D’Loughy stated, “I’d like to thank my family for all their support while traveling the southeast many, many weekends during the season. Having the opportunity to officiate in the Federal League the past few seasons has been a blast."
Sean also currently is an official for the American Hockey League (AHL) & the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
Cameron Campbell stated, "I want to thank each and every official that I have worked with this season. It’s an honor to be able to work with so many great officials that have years of experience in various professional leagues. I’m looking forward to being a part of the growth and development of the FPHL going into next season."
The FPHL is the main league Cameron has been working this past season.
Isaac Kessler stated, "Working the FPHL alongside this officiating staff we have has been a lot of fun and a great experience. I continously strive to improve my game and I am able to do that working with the staff we have. I am excited to be a part of this league as it continues to grow, to work in the buildings we have around the league, and to have hockey continue to take me to new places. Its an honor to be selected as part of the Top Crew Award this year."
Isaac is also currently is an official for the NCAA DIII. Issac was also a past recipient of the Jim Hebermehl Memorial Award which honer he earned in 2021-22 FPHL season.
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 14th season in the fall of 2023.