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 2011 NYSHSHCA "News on the Surface"

Shaw Receives New York State Hockey Award

Founder of the W.I.H.O.A., a Chapter of NIHOA, Horton R. Shaw is posthumous recipient of New York State Hockey Award.

During the fierce competition and hard hitting action of the New York State Championship Tournament held in the Utica, NY, the hockey community will recognize the life of Horton R. Shaw as he is posthumously presented with a Special Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to New York State High School Hockey.

Horton Shaw will best be remembered for developing young officials, revising playing rules, and his off-ice administration. In teaching officials, he supervised games every night of the week, traveling to three or four rinks in a given day. Regardless of the level, he knew his “boys” would do the best. In fact, many of his officials have taken part in the New York State Championship.

As the secretary of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association and as member of the rules committee, he was able to work on the improvement of the game, especially in New York.

He began officiating prior to World War II, as a member of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (later known as USA Hockey). In 1974, Mr. Shaw founded the Westchester Ice Hockey Officials Association, and remained its referee-in-chief until his passing in 2005. “In WIHOA, Horton created an association that is respected throughout the Hockey community. The selfless time and effort that Horton put into his group is now absorbed through 3 individuals; WIHOA, as well as the NY Hockey community, misses Horton’s presence every day.” says Larry Scapperotti, its current referee-in-chief.

Horton Shaw will be only the second recipient of the Special Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to New York State High School Hockey.

Horton Shaw is not only missed by all the members of WIHOA, he is missed by all the hockey community in the New York.



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