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.
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.
FEATURING OUR OFFICIALS
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
OFFICIALS’ POWERSKATING SESSIONS
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: