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How do I become an official?

With the new season just around the corner we are seeking new officials to join our roster within Bow Valley. If you will be 13 by December 31,

2019 you are eligible to be considered to join the officiating roster within the Bow Valley. If you are new to officiating and would like to be considered please respond to this email no later than August 2nd with the following.





Please note if you have officiated within Bow Valley previously you will be included in next years roster unless you indicated that you are not returning to officiating. If you are 16+ prior to the end of 2019 you will be transitioned to the Hockey Alberta - Central zone roster and be assigned by their assignors.


In the past we have had levels of interest expressed that have exceeded the space that we have on our roster and as such have had to run a lottery to fill the spaces. We do cap space on our roster as we want to ensure that we are able to provide an adequate number of games to enable development of our officials in their first years of officiating.


A final roster will be established no later than August 15th and follow up instructions will be sent out to both new and existing officials with respect to clinics and the assignment process for the 2019-2020 season.


Thanks in advance and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.




Todd Heavisides

Director of Officials - BVHS





Who Officiates What Divisions?  Who Assigns The Officials?

Referees/Linesmen for Novice or Atom age groups are assigned by the Bow Valley Hockey Society Referee Coordinator Andrew MacLennan

For Pee Wee Division 4 and lower, CZRC will assign the referee only and the linesmen are assigned by Andrew MacLennan
For all Pee Wee Divisions 1-3, Bantam, Midget, Junior and Female games, the officials are assigned by CZRC.

How Do I Become a Certified Official?

To become certified as an official in Calgary you need to take part in an officials certification clinic.

Hockey Canada Officiating Program

For more info on Hockey Canada's Officiating Program please visit their website for more info.

Hockey Alberta Officiating Program

For more info on Hockey Alberta's Officiating Program please visit their website for more info.

Calgary Central Zone Referee Committee

The Central Zone Referees' Committee (CZRC) has been active and responsible for all officials since its' formation in 1979 as a subcommittee of the Hockey Alberta Referees' Council.  Central Zone is one of 6 Referee Zones in the province and overlaps Hockey Alberta's Zone 9 (Calgary)

NHL Officials Website

Check out the NHL's Officials website for a variety info and resources including videos.

What Equipment is Needed To Become An Official?

Required Equipment:

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Elbow pads
  • Metal or black plastic whistle
  • Athletic support and cup
  • Measuring tape
  • Black polished skates with white laces
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Shin Pads
  • Clean official's black and white sweater with Hockey AB crest on front left side and Hockey Canada on the left arm
  • Black, pressed pants
  • Rule Book/Case Book Combination

*** Please note that a black Mesh Under Arm jersey is illegal***

Additional items, please note these items are not mandatory

  • Needle and thread
  • Hockey puck
  • Referee pad and pencil
  • Off-ice Officials Manual
  • Officiating Procedures Manual
  • Protective girdle
  • Black referee bag
  • Extra safety pins
  • Skate stone
  • Extra white laces
  • Extra whistle
  • Towel and soap