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Local hockey official prepares for the Sochi Games

Updated: 01/10/2014 9:02 PM
Created: 01/10/2014 5:14 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit

The Olympic ceremonies are 27 days away and not only are our local athletes preparing to take off for Sochi but also a local hockey official.

Chris Woodworth's dream was to become an NHL official but after spending years traveling the country in the minors away from friends and family, his vision took a turn.

Even though Chris isn't in the NHL, that didn't prevent him from being recognized as one of the best by the Olympic Committee.

Officiating -- it's a thankless job. One that Chris Woodworth has been at since his days as a teen in Canandaigua. And the powers that be took notice of Chris.

The 33-year old has been a linesman for 20 years. After graduating from Geneseo, Woodworth landed in the American Hockey League, even officiating his hometown Amerks, then his defining moment came in the 2012 world championships when NHL All-Star Eric Staal was hit illegally.

After the Worlds, Woodworth was invited to an Olympic camp where was selected as one of 32 officials to take part in the Sochi games, naturally making mom proud. Like the athletes he will join on the ice, Chris has risen through the ranks of his profession reaching the pinnacle.

Chris is the fifth Rochester native to officiate an Olympic hockey tournament.



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