Thursday, October 24, 2013
BC Hockey announced that BC Hockey official Trevor Hanson (Richmond, BC) will be making his NHL officiating debut in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, October 24, 2013 when the Calgary Flames visit the Dallas Stars. Hanson will be working the game with 13 year NHL veteran Referee Kevin Pollock and Linesmen Don Henderson and Johnny Murray.
Hanson, age 29, first started officiating in 1997 with the Richmond Minor Hockey Association. He received his Hockey Canada Level Six (6) certification in 2009 and has worked many National and International events including:
- Royal Bank Cup (2010)
- World Junior A Challenge (2010, 2011)
- Subway Super Series (2010)
- World Under 18 Championship (2012)
Playing and officiating minor hockey in Richmond, Hanson graduated as a defenseman and went on the play in the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) with the Grandview Steelers and North Delta Flyers (now Devils). He also spent some time with the South Surrey Eagles of the BC Hockey League (BCHL) during the 2002 – 2003 season.
After his playing career ended, Trevor focused on officiating and has proven to be one of the best officials to come out of BC Hockey over the past decade. He was a special guest speaker at the 2013 BC Hockey Upgrade Seminar in Kelowna this past summer and continues to be involved with the BC Hockey Officiating Program.
BC Hockey had the opportunity to talk to Hanson.
BCH: What BC Hockey programs have you been involved with as a student, instructor or official? For example BC Cups, OPoE, Summer Officiating School, BC Best Ever, Upgrade Seminars, etc.
TH: As a student, I attended the OPoE in 2004 in Prince Albert, BC Best Ever in 2001 in Osoyoos, Upgrade Clinics for Levels 3, 4 and 5 from 2004 – 2006 and the BC Cup Salmon Arm in 2002. As an instructor, I went to the Summer Officiating School in 2007 in Cowichan and the 2006 I went to the Summer School in Osoyoos.
BCH: What is your favorite arena to officiate a hockey game in and why?
TH: I don’t really have a favorite. Every one offers a new and exciting experience.
BCH: What do you do off the ice to prepare for your games mentally?
TH: For games, we generally fly into the city the night before, so to prepare mentally for our games we go for breakfast as a group usually around 8:00am. Then we will typically either go for a quick workout or walk in the city. This just helps us get focused and talk about things that have been happening in our games so far. We’ll relax for a bit after that then have a pre-game meal, a nap and before you know it, it’s game time!
BCH: What do you do off the ice to keep your body prepared for the demands of an official?
TH: We are continuously taking care of our bodies. We work out regularly on the road as well as a proper warm up and cool down at each game is essential.
BCH: What do you think is the most important tool an official can use to make them successful?
TH: Play as long as you can. Playing gives you an aspect of the game that is vital at the higher levels. We always refer to “Game Flow” and having a vast base of hockey knowledge. From playing you can make the switch over to an official that much easier.
BCH: What is the highlight of your amateur officiating career?
TH: The 2010 Royal Bank Cup in Dauphin, Manitoba.
BCH: What are your Major Junior hockey officiating career highlights?
TH: The Subway Super Series game in Prince George, BC in 2010 and also the 2012 Western Hockey League finals between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Portland Winterhawks.
BCH: Can you describe how it felt when the NHL called and offered you a contract?
TH: It was amazing! The call came directly from the NHL Director of Officiating Terry Gregson. It’s an awesome feeling to know that they believe in what you’re doing.
BCH: What are some of your hobbies away from hockey?
TH: Golfing, working out and cashing in on all the family time I miss during the hockey season.
BCH: Other than officiating, what other professions have you