Adam Archibald hopes to become an NHL referee one day. (KIJHL photo)

Adam Archibald hopes to become an NHL referee one day. (KIJHL photo)

Golden referee Adam Archibald announced as bursary winner

Golden’s Adam Archibald was announced as the recipient of a $1,000 bursary from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this past week, which will be put towards his post-secondary studies.

Archibald, who has been working as an on-ice official for the past six seasons and has officiated in the KIJHL for the last three, is a graduate of Golden Secondary School and is planning on pursuing a degree in Kinesiology and an education to become a gym instructor.

His ultimate goal is to become an NHL referee.

He was the lone official to earn the bursary, alongside 13 other athletes who competed in the KIJHL in the 2020-21 season.

“I am honoured to receive this bursary and super happy I was chosen as one of the recipients,” said Archibald.

“This bursary shows that hard work pays off and the work I have done throughout my high school education is working in my favour. It is important to work hard at whatever you do and strive to be your best so that you can have more opportunities down the road.”

The recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, sportsmanship, hockey participation and/or quality of contribution as well as community participation and service.

“I have made my way up the ranks in the Eddie Mountain Division and hope to continue my success going forward as I move away from home and try to have more opportunities in our league,” said Archibald.

“I love the game of hockey and enjoy watching as a fan, student and an official. I love being a part of the game and getting to know the players at all levels and learning new things.

“I find that through hockey, I have developed amazing relationships with lots of people who have become some of my best friends.”

Off the ice, Archibald has been an active volunteer in the Golden community over the last few years with the Interact Club of Golden, Golden Minor Soccer Association, Purcell Mountain Orchestra and the MasqueParade.


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