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Rochester Hockey Officials Head To The Olympics

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Chris Woodworth says his love for hockey began when he was very young.

"I actually started when I was 13," said Hockey Official Chris Woodworth.

And now he's an official for many tournaments including games for the Rochester Amerks.

"To officials its almost like a game. It's like a sport for us its not a job," said Woodworth.

As a linesman, Woodworth is in charge of calling off-sides and breaking up fights.

But now his hockey experience is taking him outside of the United States and into international arenas.

"I actually went to a training camp where its basically a scouting opportunity for the top 36 amateur officials in the world. A lot of physical testing, on ice testing, skills testing," said Woodworth

And all that hard work did pay off. He's among 29 American officials that were selected to serve during the International Ice Hockey Federation events. Woodworth and another Rochester resident, Laura Johnson will be going to the olympics in Russia. Brian Oliver will be heading to Turkey.

"Very happy. It was always been a goal in the back of my mind not anything I thought I could achieve this quick," said Woodworth

He says the Olympics is the ultimate goal when it comes to international hockey. As an official this is as high as it goes and that thought is bittersweet. He hopes to one day make his way into the NHL but for now he says he's just enjoying another day in the office.

"I get paid to basically get a front row seat for some of the best hockey in the world," said Woodworth.

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