Former Alpena icer picked to referee national tournament

Starting today 40 of the nation’s best youth hockey teams will take to the ice in a 16U Tier II National hockey tournament in Troy.

Kevin Lundquist will be right in the middle of all the action.

Lundquist, a former Alpena High School hockey player from 2001-2005, is one of 30 referees for the five-day tournament. His name was submitted to the Michigan referee chief who in turn submitted Lundquist’s name to USA Hockey, which went through its selection process in Colorado.

“It’s definitely the pinnacle for me. I never imagined refereeing a national tournament,” Lundquist said.

Lundquist began as a referee in Alpena, following in the footsteps of his older brother Ian, before moving to Mount Pleasant where he refs 150 games a year. He began coaching squirt and Pee Wee level house games and steadily worked his way up to coaching high school hockey and has even done some college club games. In the past, he’s reffed a Silver Sticks tournament in Midland and a Tier II midget tournament in Lapeer.

Though he’s been a referee for 10 years, Lundquist has attend a seminar each year and take two tests, one closed book and one open book, and get a certain score on both of them. He’s been a Level 3 referee for the last eight years, meaning he can referee any game up to the high school level.

“I have a love of the game and it’s another aspect of the game,” Lundquist said.