Officiating Program

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Hockey Canada has made changes to its rulebook for the 2021-22 season, adding a section to focus on recognizing and reporting incidents of maltreatment on and off the ice.
Grace Barlow, Melissa Brunn, Colleen Geddes and Megan Howes became the first all-female crew to officiate in Junior A.
What is the certification process? What are the on- and off-ice guidelines? Are there any adjustments to playing rules?
Eight Canadian officials have been recognized as 2020-21 recipients of the Kenneth R. Stiles Memorial Scholarship.
Twenty-six Canadian officials – 14 referees and 12 linesmen – have been selected to work the 2021 World Juniors.
The efforts of a dynamic senior mentorship team have doubled the number of on-ice officials in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
A promising defenceman, Braden Haché has been donning the stripes and giving back to the game, just like his father.
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Officials are a key component of hockey

Referees, linespersons 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.