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Hanley receives Jamie Huntley-Park Award

August 23, 2023

While she was flattered and honored to be this year’s recipient of the Jamie Huntley-Park Award, USA Hockey official and Manager of Officating for the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL Kendall Hanley wishes there was no award to receive.

Hanley would trade the honor to be skating with Huntley-Park again.

“Jamie was one of my best friends and I'm incredibly humbled and grateful, knowing what type of person she was and what she stands for – not only within our community of officials, but also within the community of hockey as well,” Hanley said. “I wish we didn't have this award and we could go back and have her here.

“Every day, I wake up and the first thing I see is a photo of Jamie and I next to my computer.  I just sit there, and I try to be like Jamie. To have people recognize me in that light means a lot.”

Hanley received the award at this year’s USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium, which was held July 28-30 in Columbus, Ohio. 

Huntley-Park was dedicated to the hockey community in San Diego. She played, coached and officiated in the area for years. The award was first handed out in 2022 to honor Huntley-Park after her and her husband, Ryan Park, were killed in a car crash on June 4, 2021. 

Hanley lost more than a friend that day. She lost a role model, a colleague and her college hockey teammate. Hanley recalls a time when the two worked a tournament in Colorado.

“We went downstairs to grab an Uber and someone said to us, ‘Did you plan this?’” Hanley said with a smile. “We looked at each other and saw we had the same exact outfits – the same color pants, the same color shirt, the same hat. It looked like it was ‘dress like your roommate day’ but we didn't do it on purpose.”

In her career as an official, Hanley, who was a member of the AHL’s first class of 10 female officials, has broken a few boundaries for women.

  • In 2019, Hanley became one of the first four women to officiate an NHL Prospect tournament.
  • Hanley was the first woman to work at the NAHL’s Robertson Cup Championship.
  • In December 2021, Hanley became the first woman to officiate a professional hockey game in Wisconsin.
  • She won the Ben Allison Award — given annually to an official in the USA Hockey Officiating Developmental Program — in 2021, which marked the first time a woman had won the award.

Billy Hancock, the coordinator for officiating for USA hockey, called Hanley “a remarkable woman … who embodies the spirit of the person who this trophy is named after. [She has served] the sport of hockey with great passion. She has helped recruit and retain officials at all levels.”

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