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Young Bienfait official recognized for improvement

Barrett Fleck has been officiating for nearly a decade.
Bienfait Coalers coach Laurie Herzberg, left, presents an award to Barrett Fleck.

BIENFAIT - A young hockey official from Bienfait has been recognized for his commitment and willingness to improve.

Earlier this season, Barrett Fleck was announced as the Most Improved Official by Hockey Saskatchewan for Zone 1, which encompasses southeast Saskatchewan. He was saluted by his hometown on Jan. 14, prior to the start of the Bienfait Coalers’ Big Six Hockey League home game against the Wawota Flyers.

In a bio, Hockey Saskatchewan said that Fleck embarked on his seventh season as an official in 2021-22, even though Fleck was just 16 at the time. He has proved to be someone who truly has a passion for the role, as well as a love for officiating and the game of hockey.

“As a young fellow, Barrett would often be at games and track down senior and experienced officials in the crowd, pick their brains or just say hello whenever he had the opportunity,” Hockey Sask. said.

In 2021-22, Fleck attended his first Sask. First U15 regional camp in Lumsden as an official. Despite being one of the younger officials at the camp, Hockey Sask. said he showed a lot of promise and understanding for his role.

“He has taken in any coaching tips he can to continue to improve and develop as an official who primarily works grassroots hockey in the southeast corner of the province.”

Hockey Sask. said the criteria for this award includes an official who has shown the most improvement within their officiating calibre through their development in clinics, camps and on-ice efforts.

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