Officials perform a vital role in the game. At all levels, the referees and linesmen are the third team on the ice, without whom the game would not happen.
Referees are expected to be knowledgeable about the rule book but there is also a lot of other information you need for the season. Knowledge will assist you in handling many game situations. Be prepared!
All the primary information you need for the season can be found here. Information regarding the various assignors in the Lower Mainland is listed. You can also find Grading levels and game allowances. Click here
You can find clinic registration information here. This is a good source for training material. The Hockey Canada casebook and various and various manuals can be found. There are a lot of interesting videos created by the WHL. Click here
A great document outlining the pathway for officials can be found on the Hockey Canada website. Click here
Links to download the Hockey Canada rule book app can be found here.
UPDATE: August 20, 2023
The application period for 2023-2024 is approaching soon.
BMHA members that are interested in becoming an official can submit their online application in September (date TBD). The link will be activated here on the BMHA – Officials page in September. This is for NEW officials only.
All applications will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified whether they have qualified or not. Selection is NOT first come, first in. Space is limited.
The certification process is as follows:
- Only successful candidates will be required to complete an online training module. This prerequisite is mandatory and must be completed or you will not be able to register for the in-person portion.
- The in-person clinic will consist of a 4 hour classroom session as well as a 1 – 1.5 hour on ice session. Attendance at both sessions is mandatory.
- New officials can begin their officiating career in U9 or U11C. U11C games do not begin until after Thanksgiving.
Keep your eye on this page for updates on the registration process.
If you worked the previous season, you are a returning official and must register for a returning official clinic with BC Hockey by December in order to re-certify.
If you are 15 years or younger, you register as a level 1 returning clinic and if you are 16 years or older, you register in a level 2 returning clinic.
If you are turning 18 this year, you must complete a Criminal Record Check and submit it to BC Hockey prior to registering for a clinic.
Click here to access information regarding certification clinics.