From college counseling to ice hockey
Forbes Mann works as a referee during a hockey game

For Associate Director of College Counseling Forbes Mann ’04, winters are busy. Every weekend, he is either on the ice officiating at NCAA ice hockey games or on the road driving to his next assignment. 

His passion for the game started at Landon playing JV hockey when the varsity team won the 2002 state championship. He began refereeing youth hockey as a sophomore and worked his way up to public school games by senior year.  

Forbes poses with other hockey refs

Attending college at Sewanee: The University of the South and holding post-graduate jobs in admissions at Sewanee and Tulane University limited his connection to hockey, but Mann got reinvolved in officiating when he moved back to Maryland in 2018.  

He works up to 15 games per week during the height of the season. “It’s a lot of fun and a great workout,” he says. 

Mann recently added minor pro hockey games in the Federal Hockey League to his schedule. He enjoys any opportunity to continue his love of the game, and building camaraderie with fellow officials. “I’ve made some of my best friends this way,” he says, “and it’s great to participate in the sport at a level that I’d be unable to reach as a player.” 


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