Waterloo Black Hawks Supervisor of Off-Ice Officials Scott Ames has been named the 2020 winner of the organization’s Karen Wente Distinguished Service Award.
The honor has been named for the Black Hawks’ late Housing Coordinator since 2009. It is presented for dedicated efforts which have allowed the team to operate with a high degree of professionalism and effectiveness within the larger mission of developing world-class players.
“This award also provides the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for things which often go unrecognized,” said Black Hawks President and Head Coach P.K. O’Handley. “Scott has a thankless job, but we cannot operate to the standards we have set for our organization unless that job is done well.”
Ames manages, schedules, and trains off-ice officials who are responsible for several operational elements each game night. This includes scorekeeping, penalty and goal announcements, goal judges, clock operation, and penalty box attendants. In addition, Ames himself inputs real-time game information for the United States Hockey League’s designated scoring service, LeagueStat.
Hockey has been an important part of Ames’ life since he was a youngster in the community’s youth hockey program. His childhood household billeted Black Hawks players as part of the team’s host family program. Ames went on to be a goaltender for the Waterloo Warriors, and later the University of Northern Iowa club team.
The Karen Wente Distinguished Service Award is typically presented in the spring during the team’s annual season celebration. However, the event was canceled this year due to COVID-19.