Officiating Program

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A vibrant referee mentorship program in Weyburn, Saskatchewan has caused the number of registered officials in the community to grow from 35 in 2016 to nearly 70 in 2019.
A promising defenceman, Braden Haché has been donning the stripes and giving back to the game, just like his father.
Referees Olivier Gouin and Brett Iverson, and linesman Nathan Vanoosten will wear stripes at the IIHF World Championship.
Among the changes in play for upcoming seasons are those that increase player safety and help promote more offence.
Are you a coach or an official and you’re not quite sure how a rule should be interpreted? Was that a penalty or not? Get the answers you’re...
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20 officials to work IIHF events during the 2015-16 seas...
Twelve referees and eight linesmen have been assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation to work at 10 events during the 2015-16 sea...
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25 officials invited to attend Hockey Canada Level VI Of...
Twenty-one Canadian officials, representing eight provinces, and four international delegates are in Moncton, N.B., for the Hockey Canada Le...
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Standard of Play
One of the best ways to understand what an official looks for is to look closely at certain cues within the player’s actions. The initial ac...

Officials are a key component of hockey

Referees, linespeople or officials in the two-person system are an essential element in organized hockey at all levels. Officials keep the game organized and fun, while providing players, parents and coaches clarification of the rules.