Paul McInnisCongratulations to former Metro Chapter Secretary and founding member Paul McInnis, who will recognized for his accomplishment in hockey officiating by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 30, 2012) — Twelve leaders in high school activity programs across the country have been selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations.

An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs, the NFHS Citation is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school activities.

The 2012 NFHS Citation recipients will receive their awards July 9 at the 93rd NFHS Summer Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Paul McInnis

NFHS Officials Association

Paul McInnis is a pioneer in the sport of ice hockey in New Jersey after serving as an official in the state for the past 45 years and as director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) State Ice Hockey Tournament for 20 years.

McInnis was responsible for forming the Metropolitan Chapter of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association (NIHOA) and has served the organization as secretary-treasurer for more than 30 years. He was NIHOA national president for a two-year term.

McInnis, who is highly respected throughout the country in ice hockey circles, has served three separate four-year terms on the NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Committee. He is the NJSIAA state ice hockey rules interpreter and is a source for rules interpretations throughout the country.

In addition to his many years as an on-ice official at the high school and college levels in New Jersey, McInnis has been an off ice official in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 29 years. He was a referee for one NHL Stanley Cup semifinal game.

Among his numerous awards, McInnis received the NJSIAA Award of Honor in 2001 and the John J. McMullen-New Jersey Devils Award for service to ice hockey. In 2010, he was an inaugural inductee into the New Jersey High School Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. McInnis also is a past member of the NJSIAA Executive Committee.