NORTH REGION OFFICIALS - February

 

Newsletter North

February 10, 2020


GREETINGS FROM HERMAN COSTA

Hello everyone:

With all the changes that are coming for next season’s Clinic program, the North Region Executive Committee has decided to open the reclassification program for all eligible Level 2 officials to reclass to Level 3 until February 28. One of the changes that will be implemented next clinic season is that all Level 3, 4, 5 and 6 officials will be eligible to attend a half-day clinic. More information will be coming as details on the changes are finalized.

If you are interested in reclassifying this season for the 2020-21 officiating season, here is the link with all the requirements and procedures you must follow. Deadline to apply is February 28:

APPLICATION FOR RECLASSIFICATION >

Requirements to Reclassify from Level II to Level III:

  • Apply in writing to the Supervision Coordinator before February 28.
  • Be supervised by a Level III official calling at least a Midget hockey game in a three-man system.
  • Work as a linesman for senior hockey.
  • Complete all required supervisions on other officials prior to the end of the season in which you are applying.
  • Achieve 80% on officiating exam.

Herman Costa,
Officials Committee Coordinator, North Region


FEATURING OUR OFFICIALS

FEMALE MINI CAMP

The North Region Female Mini Development Camp was held on Saturday, January 25 at NAIT and included the group watching an ACAC game together. There were a total of 13 participants from as far away as Olds, four guest speakers (Shelley Knowlton, Chris Despot, Tracie Kikuchi, and Michelle Gariepy), and lead instructor Carmen Boccanfuso. The participants got to meet the officials working the game - Suzanne Sawatski, Shawna Jaeger, and Despot.

FRASER LAWRENCE AND HIS WORLD JUNIOR EXPERIENCE

This was by far the best experience of my officiating career to date. Getting the call to go to a tournament all Canadians grow up watching at Christmas time was a dream come true, and getting to go with two of my good friends Mike Campbell from Vancouver and Chad Huseby from Red Deer made it even better.

We had to depart a few days before Christmas which made it a very weird Christmas season. We arrived in Ostrava on December 24 and had two days of meetings prior to the tournament starting. As an officiating team we had a nice Christmas dinner, and had a fun gift exchange as some team bonding.

The next morning, Boxing Day, the tournament started, and I got to work the first game of the tournament between the host Czech Republic and Russia. It was an amazing game. Something I had yet to experience with the European fans and the atmosphere that they create.

I went on to work six games throughout the tournament including a quarter and a semi final as well as the absolute highlight of my career, the bronze medal game between Sweden and Finland, with my two good friends and the two other Canadians. I got to meet 19 other officials from across the world, and it’s safe to say I have 19 new friends from the officiating community.

I would like to thank the North Region, Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada for the opportunity to represent them on this stage, certainly a trip I will remember for the rest of my life. I’d also like to thank my wife, and family for all the support and being so understanding of my officiating career.

COLIN WATT IN THE AJHL

It’s the most thankless job in sports, but AJHL referee Colin Watt is motivated by the challenges that come with wearing the stripes.

BRODY MCGRATH AT THE MAC’S

I was honoured to referee at this year’s tournament and received the gold medal assignment held at the Saddledome. It was truly amazing to skate and work the games of such a great group of aspiring hockey players as well as other officials nationwide.

Other officials from across the province of Alberta as well as a couple from Ontario officiated this tournament. Meeting other officials from different zones was definitely one of my greatest experiences at the Mac’s Tournament. Officiating is a team sport just as the players would consider their team to be. Although we were all from different areas of the province and country, it did not take long to establish a good team bond amongst each other as to which I would call a brotherhood. Each game we would learn off of each other and pick our brains as to really excel and learn for the future. 

Every game being supervised by supervisors who are experienced, elite veteran referees and linesman who have worked in levels in which we as officials at the Mac’s aspire to obtain in our officiating careers. They were all very helpful and gave great feedback in an effort to enhance everyone’s game performance. The three officials who performed best in the quarter finals were then picked for the Gold Medal final. As the teams fought harder throughout the round robin and in playoffs, so did we as officials. 

The Gold Medal game was an experience I will never forget. Myself, Antoine Bujold-Roux (Ontario), and Keegan Lane (Lloydminster) were selected together to skate at the Saddledome. Personally, I have never skated a high caliber game on professional ice before, which was already a great experience and an even better reward. The game went really well and was the best game I had officiated in the tournament by far. It was amazing to see how many spectators and fans that had come out to watch the game as well. It really made the game feel more rewarding and important. We were truly honoured that the tournament’s officiating committee selected us to work the game, as this was probably the best assignment the three of us have received thus far in our officiating careers. 


AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

NEW SCHOLARSHIP

The Edmonton Invitational Bantam Tournament of Champions is providing the North Region with a $1000 Scholarship to be awarded to an official who officiated at the Bantam Level this season. Full details and applicant criteria are available at the North Region website.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS >

COLIN HACKETT AWARD

Applications are being accepted until March 1 for the Colin Hackett Award. Criteria includes attending a post-secondary institution on a full-time basis, and serving as a volunteer leader/mentor for officials. Full details and application are available on the North Region webpage:

HACKETT AWARD APPLICATION >

REFEREE COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP

Applications are being accepted until April 1 for the Hockey Alberta Referee Council Scholarship. Criteria include attending a post-secondary institution on a full-time basis, on-ice ability and off-ice contribution to the official’s Region. For details are available at the Hockey Alberta Officials Website:

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION >

 

RULES OF THE MONTH

For Junior Officials

Rule 9.8(c) Throwing Stick or Object

A minor penalty for throwing a Stick/Object (as applicable) shall be assessed any player who deliberately throws his stick or any part thereof or any other object in any zone, but not at the puck or puck carrier.

For Senior Officials

Rule 6.7(a), Situations 8, 13 and 14.  A22 is the instigator and the aggressor in a fight. Before being escorted off the ice, he gets away from the linesman and becomes the instigator and aggressor in another fight. What penalties are assessed to A22?

A22 is assessed 2 for instigating plus 2 for aggressor plus 5 + GM for fighting for the first fight, plus 2 for instigating plus 2 for aggressor plus 5 + GM for fighting for the second fight, plus a GM for taking part in a second fight on the same stoppage of play


NORTH REGION GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 2020 Hockey Alberta Officials North Region Open golf tournament  will be held June 13 at Coal Creek Golf Resort near Ryley. The event includes a shotgun start at 2 pm and registration fee is $120. Included with your entry:

  • Charter bus to a pickup location in North and South Edmonton
  • 18 holes of golf with power cart
  • Steak dinner following the round
  • Door prizes

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY >


EDMONTON MINOR HOCKEY WEEK

The 56th edition of Minor Hockey Week in Edmonton was held January 10-19. Thank you everyone who participated in the tournament as an official. 857 games are played in Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park and these games involve 640 teams. There were 1,466 assignments in Edmonton, 217 assignments in St. Albert and 168 assignments in Sherwood Park. The estimated value of these assignments is $45,000. 53 finals were played.

In the non-Female finals of which there were 49 games, 111 officials were assigned and for the first time in many, many years, all 111 officials showed and completed their assignments in the finals. During the tournament in Edmonton, 407 officials worked games with the average being 3.6 games per official.  The tournament leader was Leland Cannon who officiated 13 games. Rounding out the top nine were Thomas Nguyen, Terry Sidorchuk and Jim Williamson each with 12 games, Shawn Innes with 11 games, and Aiden Filipchuk, Lance Hyndman, Ryan Peterson, and Jacob Russell each with 10 games.

Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week will again distribute 100 Referee Recognition jackets.  Officials receiving a jacket will be selected by random draw and the jackets will be distributed in late March and in April.

A highlight of Minor Hockey Week was three generations of members of one family working a game. The achievement was featured on CTV Edmonton Sports. The story can be found on the Officials Website Newsfeed:

GO TO NEWSFEED >


QUESTIONS? 

If you have any officiating related questions, the best place to start is the Hockey Alberta Officials Website. The website includes general information of importance to all officials, as well as a section with information specific to the North Region. You can access the Officials website at the link below, or through the Officials tab at hockeyalberta.ca. If you have a question for the North Region executive, click the link below to go to the Executive List:

HOCKEY ALBERTA OFFICIALS WEBSITE >

CONTACT THE NORTH REGION EXECUTIVE >

NORTH REGION OFFICIALS - December

 

Newsletter North

December 12, 2019


GREETINGS FROM HERMAN COSTA

Hello everyone:

If you are looking to apply for reclassification this season for the 2020-21 officiating season, you must submit your application form to the North Region by no later than December 31. You can review all the requirements and procedures on the Hockey Alberta Officials website:

APPLICATION FOR RECLASSIFICATION >

Herman Costa,
Officials Committee Coordinator, North Region

 


FEATURING OUR OFFICIALS

SUZANNE SAWATSKI AT THE U18 NATIONALS

U18 nationals is the first step for female hockey players before the National Women’s Development Team or Nationals Women’s Team. For female officials, this is one of the first opportunities to compete nationally (along with the Esso Cup and Canada Winter Games) and is a stepping stone for selection to IIHF events. 

This year the event was co-hosted by Winkler and Morden, Manitoba. Officials from across the country were selected for this year’s championship. Alberta was represented by three Level 3 officials: Suzanne Sawatski (referee, North Region), Megan French (lines, North Region) and Mikala Brown (lines, North East Region). Other officials came from BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Megan worked a semi-final and the bronze medal game, and I skated the placement game for 7th place.

This was my first national tournament as a referee (I attended the 2016 U18 Nationals as lines). It was a fantastic experience and a great development opportunity. It was great to get feedback from the supervisors about things to work on and that I can apply to improve. Overall, it was an amazing experience. I hope to continue developing as an official and get the chance for more assignments in the future. I am grateful for the opportunity and the feedback provided by the supervisors at the tournament.  

 

FRASER LAWRENCE TO REFEREE WORLD JUNIORS

North Region official Fraser Lawrence has been selected to referee at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. Fraser started officiating in Northwest Edmonton in 2001, gradually climbing the ladder to this great accomplishment. Fraser has always striven to be the best referee he can be, spending countless hours studying game tape and discussing game situations with his peers. Other highlights of Fraser’s officiating career include attaining his Level 6 certification in 2013 and being selected for several national and international tournaments, as well as refereeing the WHL championship series in 2019. Congratulations Fraser!! 

 


REGISTER NOW FOR THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Hockey Alberta Officials Development Program is open to female and male officials 18-30 years of age. Officials should have some level of experience both as a referee and as a linesman in high-level U16 male hockey.

Applicants will be assessed by the Hockey Alberta Officials Development Coordinator and committee based on experience, merit and regional recommendation. Thirty-six officials from across the province will be invited to participate in one of three Regional Development Camps, which run March 27-29 in Calgary, Red Deer, and Spruce Grove. At the Regional Development Camps, officials are subject to on-ice testing and supervision in game situations, as well as a classroom session where an SRD exam is written. Officials are evaluated on all aspects of the camp including physical testing, in-game evaluation, attitude, and participation. 

Nine officials will be selected from the Regional Development Camps to officiate the Alberta Cup, which runs April 29-May 3 in Red Deer. Sixteen officials will be selected from the Regional Development Camps to attend Hockey Alberta Officials Development Camp which runs in conjunction with the Team Alberta U16 Male Summer Development Camp in early July. 

 
 

A BUSY SEASON IN ST. ALBERT
 
St. Albert had a great start to the 2019-20 season beginning in August with the Raider Midget AAA and Bantam AAA tryouts and intrasquad games. We always use this beginning of the season opportunity to look at some of our up and coming officials with the intent of moving people up if they show us they are ready.

Our Beginner Clinic was held in late September and we trained 20 new St. Albert officials. In addition, we ran a clinic over a six-week period in conjunction with the St. Albert Sports Academy through the school division and we were able to acquire an additional 10 new officials. Another four officials took their beginner clinic in other centres giving St. Albert a pool of 33 new officials this season. Every new official has had a minimum of two games so far with a few of them approaching 8 or 9 games, all based on their availability. Six of the officials have even had the opportunity to work a full-ice Atom game. In every game they have worked so far, we have had a shadow on the ice with them, or a supervisor in the penalty box area.

We have held three monthly skates so far. We do 90 minutes on-ice with our officials on the second Tuesday of every month. There are skating and positioning drills and they even practice their puck drop. We have had a few guests from Fort Saskatchewan and Onoway and we welcome anyone who wants to join us. Our next skate is December 10 at Mark Messier Arena at Servus Place starting at 6:45 pm. Our January Referee Skate is January 21, due to the Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week Tournament.

On the Senior side, we are gearing up for the John Reid Bantam AAA Memorial tournament by looking at all the officials we have identified for the tournament and we will be getting together next week to select the crews who will represent St. Albert at this year’s tournament. 

 


RULE OF THE MONTH

 


TIPS FOR SAFE WINTER TRAVEL

 

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EDMONTON MINOR HOCKEY WEEK

The 56th edition of Minor Hockey Week in Edmonton runs January 10-19. The original objectives of the tournament were to let as many teams as possible have an indoor game – virtually all hockey in Edmonton was played on outdoor ice at the time – and to allow teams from one area in the city to play teams in other areas of the city. All Hockey Edmonton teams from Novice to Junior, including the AA club teams, played in the tournament. As is still the case all games had to have a winner and every team was guaranteed two games. For many players this tournament will be the highlight of their season and in many cases may create lifetime memories.

The tournament was run entirely by volunteers and this included the referees.  While the 2020 tournament will not be entirely run by volunteers, the referees will again be volunteers. All those referees who volunteer some time are to be commended for their contribution, which is significant. Enjoy the emotion and intensity which is often a key component of many games. Thank you for making the tournament the success that it is.

 


MATCH PENALTY ON OFFICIAL

This penalty involves a player/team official being physically abusive and/or threatening to our officials. In the highly unlikely chance it happens to you, we want to be sure you know what to do. Know that you have the support of your referee association.  We have a process for you to follow so we can ensure that these penalties result in proper sanctions to offenders.

There are 3 individual parts to this rule.

  • Rule 9.6(a): Any player or team official who threatens or attempts to strike a Referee, Linesman or any Off-ice Official before, during or after a game shall be assessed a Match penalty and shall be reported to the President by the Referee.
  • Rule 9.6(b): Any player or team official who intentionally touches, holds or pushes a Referee, Linesman or Off-ice Official before, during or after a game shall be assessed a Match penalty and shall be reported to the President by the Referee.
  • Rule 9.6(c): Any player or team official who deliberately strikes, trips or body checks a Referee, Linesman or Off-ice Official before, during or after a game shall be assessed a Match penalty and shall be reported to the President by the Referee. Such player or team official may be suspended for one year or more.

 PROCESS TO FOLLOW FOR MATCH ON OFFICIAL >

 


QUESTIONS? 

If you have any officiating related questions, the best place to start is the Hockey Alberta Officials Website. The website includes general information of importance to all officials, as well as a section with information specific to the North Region. You can access the Officials website at the link below, or through the Officials tab at hockeyalberta.ca. If you have a question for the North Region executive, click the link below to go to the Executive List:

HOCKEY ALBERTA OFFICIALS WEBSITE >

CONTACT THE NORTH REGION EXECUTIVE >

NORTH REGION OFFICIALS

Newsletter North

November 21, 2019


GREETINGS FROM HERMAN COSTA

Hello and welcome to the 2019-20 hockey season. With the season in full swing, I would like to welcome all new and returning officials to another exciting season of officiating.

There have been a lot of changes in the past couple of years and we will continue to see more changes as we move forward. To find information on what’s happening in the North Region, as well as see who is on the North Region executive please go to our new website, which is now part of the new Hockey Alberta Officials website. For North Region officials, go to the North Region link under Officials Regions to see what’s going on in this region.

HOCKEY ALBERTA OFFICIALS WEBSITE >

NORTH REGION >

I would like to thank all the clinic Instructors, RICs, volunteers as well as the North Region executive for their dedication and commitment to the North Region officiating program.

I hope everyone has a great officiating experience this season and I hope to see you at the General meetings.

Herman Costa,
Officials Committee Coordinator, North Region

 


 

FEATURING OUR OFFICIALS

BRIAN MACDONALD

Brian MacDonald began officiating in 2005 in Wetaskiwin, joining the elite stream of officiating in 2016 when he moved to Edmonton to finish his schooling. Brian attended the North Region ID camp in 2016 and 2017, and was selected to attend the Alberta Cup in Canmore in 2017. From there, Brian attended the Hockey Alberta Development camp that summer, and then made the step to the next level as he was hired by the WHL in 2018 as a full time referee. This season, Brian was selected to attend OPOE, which was held in Abbotsford BC in October. With OPOE under his belt, Brian is eligible to referee the World U17 Challenge, as well as more WHL opportunities, and NHL and IIHF exposure. Brian would like to thank Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey Association, Don Buskas and Dan Anderson for their contributions to his officiating career.

 

BRAYDEN ARCAND - SELECTED TO ATTEND LEVEL 6 CAMP

Brayden Arcand started officiating in 2003 when he was 13 years old, and worked most of his games in Morinville until 2013. After attending the North Region ID Camp twice, Brayden advanced to the Hockey Alberta Development Camp in 2013, and received the Most Promising Official award. Brayden then took his officiating to the next level. He attended OPOE in 2015 and earned his Level 4 with Hockey Canada. He refereed the 2016 WHL Cup, and then was hired by the WHL the following season as a full time Referee. Brayden didn’t stop there, attaining his Level 5 with Hockey Canada in 2017 and attending the U17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek, where he officiated the Bronze Medal game. Brayden has continued to elevate his game the past two years. He attended the 2018 CHL/NHL Camp and in 2019 refereed the CHL Top Prospects Game. This month, November 13-17, Brayden attended the Hockey Canada Level 6 camp in Montreal. Brayden’s goal is to receive more national assignments as well as his IIHF licensing. Brayden would like to thank the North Region, Morinville Minor Hockey Association and a special thanks to Ken Dentzien for helping him become the official he is today.

 


IN THE NEWS: OFFICIATING IN JASPER

Check out this story that appeared in the Jasper Fitzhugh on officiating in the community, and the clinic offered by Dean Ziegler. Click on the image to access the story.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

OFFICIALS’ POWERSKATING SESSIONS 

  • November 26 (7:45-8:45 pm) @ Clareview B
  • December 10 (7:00-8:00 pm) @ Terwillegar C
  • January 21 (7:00-8:00 pm) @ Callingwood A

REMAINING CLINICS

Nov. 23

Private

Sherwood Park

Junior/ Junior Youth/ Adult

Salisbury High School

Lee Varley

[email protected]

 


QUESTIONS? 

If you have any officiating related questions, the best place to start is the Hockey Alberta Officials Website. The website includes general information of importance to all officials, as well as a section with information specific to the North Region. You can access the Officials website at the link below, or through the Officials tab at hockeyalberta.ca. If you have a question for the North Region executive, click the link below to go to the Executive List:

HOCKEY ALBERTA OFFICIALS WEBSITE >

CONTACT THE NORTH REGION EXECUTIVE >