By Josh Howald
Only the best hockey players in the world get to represent their home country at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. So it would make sense that only the best referees in the world are handed the whistle.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) handed Kevin Pollock this whistle last week.
Kincardine`s Kevin Pollock is one of the best in the world at his job. The National Hockey League referee was on the list of 28 officials, released last week, that will make up the officiating crew for the men`s ice hockey tournament in Sochi in February. Seven referees and six linesmen of the 28-man crew are NHL officials. The other 15 officials were selected by the IIHF officiating committee from a pool of 32 candidates.
``All of these candidates are considered to be top officials in their respective club leagues," said Konstantin Komissarov, IIHF officiating manager in a statement last week. `We made our decisions on three main criteria: physical conditioning, performance in their respective national championships and their ability to work as a team."
Pollock has been a NHL referee since 2000, and has more than 850 NHL games under his belt plus more than 150 Stanley Cup playoff games of experience. The son of local officiating legend Clarke Pollock, he played Junior C hockey for the Hanover Barons before trading his stick in for a whistle.