January 9, 2022
GREETINGS FROM HERMAN COSTA - North Region Chairman
The North Region Executive would like to welcome all new and returning officials to the 2021/22 Officiating season. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is looking forward to a great new year. It has once again been an interesting year with the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, but it looks like we might be able to complete the season. I would like to remind everyone to follow Municipal, AHS, GOA and facility guidelines when officiating games. Please make sure you always have your proof of vaccination with you. (QR Code) With the new omicron variant here, there seems to be more games are being cancelled at the last minute so if you receive a call from your assignor / RIC please return the call ASAP.
We have some North region officials selected to officiate some IIHF tournaments. Kyle Kowalski and Fraser Lawrence selected to officiate at the World Junior Hockey Championships here in Edmonton. Unfortunately, the tournament was cancelled after a few games were played due to Covid-19 issues. I would also like to congratulate Lacey Senuk who has been selected to officiate at the Olympics in Beijing. Congratulations on your selection and good luck at the Olympics.
The North Region Executive is still planning on having our annual general meeting and awards presentation in April 2022 if restrictions on gatherings change (Date to be announced). We hope all officials will be able to attend and support our award winners. The best way to keep up to date about what’s happening in the officiating program is to keep checking the website, we will post any new information there.
I would like to thank the North Region Executive as well as all the RIC’s in the North Region for all the hard work that they have done during this difficult time. Setting up clinics and ice sessions and keeping everyone safe as well as passing along the information as it comes forward to all the officials in their area. I would also like to thank Dean Ziegler as well for all his hard work in a season that brought a lot of changes to the clinic program. Thanks to all the instructors that helped get the clinics completed and bringing all the new information forward to the officials this season.
COVID Information - Hockey Alberta
As the second half of our season is a busy time for tournaments, I did want to take this opportunity to share some reminders and to suggest a few simple strategies and processes that can help keep our officials, players, coaches and spectators safe and give you the best chance to operate a successful tournament.
- Players & Officials continue wearing masks at all times when not engaged in physical activity (including dressing rooms)
- Coaches, continue wearing masks at all times while at the arena (including dressing rooms and on the bench)
- Utilize multiple dressing rooms when available to allow for physical distancing
- Reduce the amount of time players, officials, coaches and spectators spend in the arena before and after games (don’t linger and congregate in groups)
- Work with facility personnel to ensure proper communication of and adherence to capacity limits (to be extra cautious, consider establishing a lower capacity limit for the tournament)
Minor Hockey Week - Duncan MacDougall
Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week 2022 (Duncan MacDougall)
The 2022 Quikcard Edmonton Minor Hockey Week event begins on January 7, 2022 and concludes on January 16, 2022. The event began in 1964 and has been held every year since except for 2021. 2022 represents the 58th edition. The number of host centres has been expanded this year. As has traditionally been the case, games will be played in Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park. Other host centres joining this year are Sturgeon, Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona, Beaumont and Stony Plain.
The event is big. For many of the teams and players, this event is the highlight of the entire hockey year. Virtually all the U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18 teams in the metro Edmonton area’s EFHL will be participating. The event has always been restricted to local teams. There are in excess of 9,000 players on 606 teams in the event. Games will be played in 31 Arenas on 47 ice surfaces. There will be 59 championship games and more than 150 referees will be used to staff these championship games.
Referees are a huge part of the event’s volunteer force. All the officials working the tournament do so as volunteers. Referees serving as volunteers has been a tradition since the first edition of the event in 1964. Today, this contribution represents between $40,000 and $50,000 worth of game fees. It is the single most significant contribution to the event.
The event also has some quirky features. No game exceeds 60 minutes in length and periods are running time except in the last two minutes of the third period. Nothing but a power failure can stop the clock. All games must have a winner. If overtime is required, the format is depleting players. In this format, one-minute segments of stop time are played. After each minute, one player on each team is removed. This continues until each team is left with two players – usually a goaltender and a skater. Play continues until a goal is scored. The format creates tension and excitement. If you get an overtime game, enjoy the experience.
Colin Hackett Scholarship - Application
Annually – Maximum of one award up to $1,000.
The successful applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
· A member in good standing with the North Region and at a minimum a Level 2 official.
· Resident of the Region for the past season and the current season.
· 18 years of age by December 15 of the current season.
· Active official working games in the North Region.
· Attending a post secondary institution in a recognized program on a full time basis (min. of three classes per semester).
· Volunteer experience you have provided as a mentor/leader on and off the ice.
SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE
A scholarship committee will select the winner each year. The committee consists of two executive members and one member at large.
The application period is January 1 to March 1 each year. Applications will not be considered received until all the required information has been received by the committee.
Hockey Alberta Official’s Committee Scholarship
Annually – Maximum of three (3) awards of up to $1,500.
Scholarships are presented to applicants who meet the following criteria:
· A member in good standing with Hockey Alberta in the current season with a minimum of Level 2 certification.
· A resident of Alberta for at least 2 years.
· 18 years of age by December 15 of the season s/he is applying for scholarship.
· An active official, working games at any level.
· Attending a post-secondary institution in a recognized program on a full time basis, including a recognized trade school program. Transcript of class enrolment is required.
· Other criteria will include, but is not limited to, the applicant’s on-ice ability and off-ice contribution to his/her Region.
Application deadline is April 1 of each year.
Applicant could be applying for the year just being completed in order to qualify.
EBIT Scholarship Information - Chris Rebus
The Edmonton Invitational U15AA Tournament of Champions is providing the North Zone Referees Association with a One Thousand Dollar ($1000.00) Scholarship to be awarded to an official who officiated at the Bantam Level for this season. Officiating in the Annual Edmonton Invitational U15AA Tournament of Champions would be a plus. The monies will be held in escrow until the Official provides the EBIT Scholarship Committee with an official receipt showing proof of registration or tuition payment to a post secondary education institution. Should the official not provide such and reach the age of 23 years old, the scholarship will be forfeited back to the EBIT Scholarship Fund.
The criteria for the award will be as follows:
- Academic accolades. (Current marks) Letter from current registered school will provide information.
- Athletic accolades if any.
- Applicant to provide an essay (in their own words) of not less that 250 words on: Why he or she deserves the Scholarship and what being an official has done for him or her.
- Letters of Reference.
Please apply to the EBIT Scholarship Committee on or before January 31st of the current season. Nominees may be interviewed.
Only the successful candidate will be notified and the name will be posted on the EBIT and North Zone Officials website. No individual can win more than one scholarship.
Female - Shelley Knowlton
There is a potential female showcase February 4-6. More details to follow if this is still a go or not.
The female committee would like to open up a Rules Review Session with any females interested. The dates are:
- Monday January 24, 2022 at 8:30pm
- Thursday January 27, 2022 at 8:30pm
You only need to attend one session, but this does give you some flexibility. If you are interested please email: [email protected]
Grassroots - Kyle Hudon
- The North region has a grassroots program that is targeting officials working in the U11/U13.
- This program works in the manner of a coach going out to a tournament and watches the officials and then provides feedback. Sometime throughout the year that coach will head back out to that center and see if the officials have improved.
- This program will also help with giving our rural officials in certain areas that are struggling with procedures or rule knowledge.
- This will help the North region identify future elite officials in rural areas that may not have as much exposure.
- If you have any questions or would like to participate in the program please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
Intensity of Games - Mike Rebus