A former minor hockey player from Port aux Basques received a provincial award last week.
Scott Francis is presented with an award as Most Deserving Official by Joe Lane, left and fellow referee Matthew Thorne.
Scott Francis was recognized for his officiating skills by Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador, and Hockey Canada.
Francis’ former coach and mentor, Joe Lane, presented him with the Most Deserving Official Award for the 2010-2011 season (it is always one year behind).
Scott has been officiating for seven years,” said Lane. “At age 16 he acted as the signer and treasurer. He was able to sign off on score sheets for games.”
Francis previously won the Most Promising Official Award for the 2007-2008 season. Hockey Canada also hands out a Most Improved Official each year in the province.
In 2010 he was selected to attend a program of excellence training camp in gander. From there he was selected to officiate at the Atlantic Challenge Cup.
He is currently certified as level 3 and he hopes to write his level 4 test before long.
Francis said being a referee is just another way to get involved in the game he loves.
“You learn the game a lot better than if you’re playing it,” he said.
Although the Isle aux Morts native is now studying engineering at Memorial University in St. John’s, he still plans to referee at games on the east coast when he can.
“It’s hard to see him move on,” said Lane. “He’s very dedicated. He works hard and pays attention to whatever he does.”