Recruiting Game Officials, News (Hespeler Minor Hockey Association)

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Mar 15, 2023 | Kevin Mehlenbacher | 988 views
Recruiting Game Officials
The Hespeler Minor Hockey Association in cooperation with the Hespeler Referees Association is actively recruiting young hockey players to become officials in boys or girls hockey.    

We are currently looking for bright young hockey players with good skating skills to become certified Level 1 or Level 2 officials. You will be fully trained by league supervisors and once you have completed the course (and a simple test) you will have the opportunity to referee hockey with a partner for money. With further experience, training, supervision there is no limit to what level of hockey you will be able to officiate.


I should let you know that officiating is an excellent way to stay in shape and in the game of hockey once you’re playing days are over and is a great way to make some extra spending money as a student. Many of our present officials have used this money to help them with school tuition and/or just as a way to get some spending money. This is also an excellent way to stay in the game and improve your skating ability and awareness of what goes on during the game thus helping you to become a better player.

Here are some of the benefits of becoming an official:

  • Become a better player as refereeing improves your skating.
  • Become a better player or coach with knowledge of the rules.
  • Make money and have fun!
  • Remain a very important part of a game you love.
  • Putting on your resume for future jobs that you “referee hockey” is a major plus while you’re young as well as when you get older as well.

Here are some of the basic requirements as outlined by Hockey Canada:

  • Minimum 14 years of age by the end of 2023
  • Basic hockey knowledge and the ability to skate.
  • Desire to learn, have fun and make money.
  • Must purchase or have a black helmet with a half visor, a whistle, a referee sweater, and black pants to begin.
  • If over the age of 16, must submit to a police background check.

The cost of the full-day certification class varies depending on the age of the participant. Participants will receive; a rule book, and an OMHA or OWHA patch. This is a classroom-based course and there is no on-ice session.

If you are at all interested, we would be happy to hear from you and would be glad to explain more about the program and what you can expect. If any additional information is required please do not hesitate to contact; [email protected]   If you are not comfortable contacting us, please feel free to have your parents get involved and I would be happy to reach out to them and go over the details. From there we would get your contact information and send you the information to register when it comes out for the 2023/24 season.

A registration form can be found at the following location if you want further information or if you want to pre-register:

Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

Gordon Young, Chairman,

Hespeler Referee Association

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