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Liam Sewell appointed Head of Hockey Operations

Former referee joins EIHL off-ice staff

After seven years, Mike Hicks is leaving his role as Head of Operations at the Elite League to pursue another opportunity within hockey at the IIHF in Hockey Operations. The EIHL would like to wish him the best of luck in his new role.

The Elite League is pleased to confirm that Liam Sewell has accepted the position of Head of Hockey Operations.

Liam began his officiating career at the age 15 and worked in the ECHL and AHL as an NHL prospect before returning to the UK in 2019. His career since then has seen Liam hired by leagues in Austria, Germany, Denmark and the Champions Hockey League as well as numerous IIHF events. In 2023, he was selected for the 2023 World Championships and impressed to be assigned further games in the knock-out stages the Bronze Medal Game.

“Coming off the ice entirely was not an easy decision to make, but this is an opportunity that I could not turn down,” said Sewell. "I’m very excited to be taking up this role which gives me the change to work with both our current and up and coming officials for the betterment of officiating in the EIHL, alongside day-to-day administration of the league.

"I would also like to thanks Mike Hicks for his support over my career, both on the ice and transitioning into this new role.”

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