CHA, WCHA both have linesmen selected to officiate women’s games at Olympics

CHA linesman Laura Johnson has been named to the women’s hockey officiating staff for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, according to a recent announcement by the IIHF.

“Laura is one of our finest linesman,” said CHA commissioner Bob DeGregorio in a statement. “She has definitely earned this opportunity. We are proud to have one of our officials selected to participate in the Olympics and excited for her to have this experience. I am confident that she will do a fine job and will represent College Hockey America well in Sochi.”

“Just to have that feeling of representing your country at an Olympic event,” said Johnson in a statement. “I can’t even imagine…and to do it with the same group of officials that I’ve worked with and become friends with over the last few years, it’s really special.”

Johnson, who played at Concordia (Minn.) from 2005-07 and is now in her second year working CHA games, was chosen for the Olympics based on her performance at the IIHF World Championships, which she worked in 2012 and 2013.

WCHA linesman Alicia Hanrahan will also work women’s games at the Olympics.