Mills named BC Hockey’s Official of the Year

Surrey official worked two world championship tournaments

Bevan Mills makes a call at the 2014 RBC Cup tournament in Vernon.

Following a season in which he received two huge international assignments, Bevan Mills has been named BC Hockey’s Official of the Year.

The Surrey native worked as a linesman at both the World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal and Toronto last January, as well as the World Championships in May in the Czech Republic.

“The 2015 season may have been Bevan’s most impressive season to date,” announced BC Hockey during its awards banquet at its annual general meeting in Sun Peaks last weekend.

“It’s nearly unprecedented for a Canadian official to receive those two assignments in the same season.”

A linesmen in the BC Hockey League and the Western Hockey League, he has previously worked in the 2013 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon and the 2014 RBC Cup in Vernon.

Mills, 27, credits his RBC Cup experience for moving his career forward. At that tournament in Vernon, he was selected to work the gold medal game between the Yorkton Terriers and Carleton Place Canadians, won 4-3 in overtime by Yorkton.

“At the start of every year, you set a goal to work as long into the season as you can,” Mills told Hockey Canada. “Being selected to work the championship game makes all the hard work and the time spent on the road away from home worth it.”

At the World Junior tournament last winter, he performed well enough to earn the assignment for the bronze medal game, a 4-2 win by Slovakia over Sweden in Toronto.

Following his season working two junior leagues, he was in Europe for the World Championships. He called the lines in six round robin games, a quarterfinal game, and the semifinal game between Alex Ovechkin’s Russian national team and the United States.

He was the lone Canadian at the tournament, which serves as another step towards his ultimate goal of landing a job with the National Hockey League (NHL).

“I have always dreamed of being in the NHL,” he said. “When I realized I wasn’t going to get there as a player, I shifted my focus to serving the game as an official. I hope to one day get the call from the NHL to have the opportunity to be on the ice as an official with the best players in the world.”

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP seek family of elderly woman found wandering in Surrey

Public asked to help identify South Asian woman who is not able to communicate with police

Strong winds, rain knock out power to thousands in Lower Mainland

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in region and Sunshine Coast

Semiahmoo wins Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic for second straight year

Totems’ senior boys battle back to top Tamanawis in tourney final at Enver Creek Saturday

ZYTARUK: Only the truth, and nothing but

Lying hurts all of us. You, me, them. All of us.

Flavourful journey through the city

BIA’s Taste White Rock event returns

VIDEO: Surrey reviewing Clayton crosswalk after pedestrian hit

The city says investigation in response to safety concerns from local resident

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

Most Read