How do I become an official?

The first thing you need to do is send an e-mail to the Bow Valley Hockey Referee Coordinator Andrew MacLennan at - an e-mail will go out to all Bow Valley Hockey Members in early June asking if there are any children that would like to become a new referee for Bow Valley Hockey.  There will be instructions in the e-mail as to how to apply.  You must be 13 years of age by Dec 31 of the current year.


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