July 18, 2003 - The Central Hockey League has today announced that Leon Stickle, the Director of Hockey Operations for the CHL, has accepted a position with the National Hockey League as a Supervisor of Officials.
five years with the Central and Western Professional Hockey Leagues, he
was responsible for overseeing all areas of the League's officiating program.During his
tenure, the CHL
developed and promoted many members of the officiating staff to the American Hockey League
and one to the National Hockey League
"I am excited about the opportunity to be working once again in the National Hockey League
," Stickle said."My time spent in the CHL
and WPHL was a tremendous experience, and has prepared me well for my new role with the NHL
.I look forward to this new challenge, as well as my continued relationship with the Central Hockey League
and their officiating staff." Stickle
had a distinguished career on the ice, including 27 seasons as a Linesman in the NHL
before moving into the CHL
front office.CHL President Brad Treliving congratulated Stickle on his advancement to the National Hockey League.
"We want to thank Leon
for his dedicated service over the past five seasons of play", said Treliving.
..."We are excited to have Leon back in the National Hockey League," added Andy Van Hellemond, NHL Director of Officiating.