March 9, 2022
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce that Kendall Hanley was hired as a full-time NAHL officiating manager.
Hanley will assist and work directly with the Director of Arbitration Keith Kaval in recruiting new officials, developing new and existing officials, and serving as the NAPHL Officials Director.
“This is an exciting addition to our leagues. Some of Kendall’s earliest officiating experiences were in the NAPHL, so she’s been a long-time part of our family. She is well-organized, detail-oriented, professional and a tenacious competitor, which is a big part of her success as an on-ice official. We are delighted to add someone of his caliber and experience to our growing officiating staff to help meet the recruiting and training requirements of some of the best officials in the country,” said the Commissioner and Chairman. of the NAHL. Marc Frankenfeld.
Hanley’s primary focus as Director of Officiating will be to help educate, develop and grow the pool of NAHL officials. It will use the NAPHL, NA3HL and NAHL combinations to identify, recruit, train and develop officials to work in the NAHL family of leagues. This includes recruiting officials who have a background in the sport and want to stay involved after their playing career is over.
“The support and development I have received in the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL has been crucial to my growth as an official. I am passionate about the excellent supervision and the role it plays in the development , and I am grateful for this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience to help the next generation of officials and give back to this sport that has given me so much,” said Hanley.
Hanley currently resides in Minnesota and in her fourteen year officiating career has officiated games at the local, district, national, professional and international levels. His national experience spans the NCAA DI and DIII (WCHA. MIAC, WIAC), junior leagues (USHL, NAHL), and men’s and women’s professional hockey leagues (AHL, CWHL, PHF, PWHPA). Internationally, Hanley has refereed numerous tournaments around the world for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), including the 2019 U18 Women’s World Championship in Slovakia, the 2021 Women’s World Championship in Canada and, more recently, the women’s ice hockey tournament at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, where she also chose to play in the gold medal game.
Hanley has broken down many barriers for women in the officiating world. She was the first woman to work in the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship, in addition to two NAHL Top Prospects Tournaments (2021, 2019). She was one of the first four female officials to participate in an NHL Prospects Tournament (2019, Traverse City, Michigan) and was also selected to compete in the 2021 NHL Prospects Tournament in Tampa Bay. In December, she became the first woman to referee a professional hockey game in Wisconsin, as part of the AHL’s first class of 10 female referees. She was the first woman to win the 2021 Ben Allison Award, given annually to an official in USA Hockey’s Officials Development Program.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Hanley found her passion for officiating after finishing her four-year playing career in the NCAA for the Elmira College Soaring Eagles and Oswego State Lakers.