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Western Hockey League Officiating Nights
Friday, November 21, 2014

BC Hockey and the Western Hockey League (WHL) announced that up to 180 minor hockey officials aged 12-20 can now apply to attend a WHL game as part of the “WHL Officiating Experience.”  Prior to the game, the deserving young officials will have the unique opportunity to meet with game officials, giving them a behind-the-scenes look into what it is like at the Major Junior Hockey level.

Apply now for the WHL Officiating Experience

On the application, applicants will be asked the following:

“Please submit a single sentence using one (1) of the following five (5) words that describes how to be a successful official: Integrity, Judgement, Confidence, Consistency or Communication.”

The officials selected to attend the game will receive their admission to the game and meet with the WHL game officials in a pre-game question and answer period. Following the question and answer session, four (4) officials will be selected to dress in their full officiating gear to join the WHL game officials for a pre-game lap of the ice and ‘Stand on Guard’ with them during the national anthem.  Each night, up to 30 minor hockey officials will be a part of the event.

Contest closes December 31, 2014.  Winners will be notified of their acceptance for this event following the close of the contest.

The BC Hockey officiating nights are:






Friday, January 9

Kelowna Rockets

Kamloops Blazers

Interior Savings Centre

7:00pm PST

Saturday, January 10

Medicine Hat Tigers

Kelowna Rockets

Prospera place

7:05pm PST

Friday, January 16

Portland Winterhawks

Prince George Cougars

CN Centre

7:00pm PST

Friday, January 16

Tri-City Americans

Vancouver Giants

Pacific Coliseum

7:30pm PST

Saturday, January 24

Kamloops Blazers

Victoria Royals

Save on Foods Memorial Arena

7:05pm PST

Saturday, January 31

Kelowna Rockets

Kootenay Ice

Western Financial Place

7:00pm MST

Applicants can apply for a maximum of two (2) games, but if chosen, can only win one (1).

Make sure to follow each of the WHL Officiating Experience nights on Twitter at @BCHockey_Refs and @BCHockey_Source.  Participants are encouraged to document their experience through photos and posts to social media using the above Twitter handles and #WHLOfficiatingNight.

For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at or email


To be a good referee one must be confident, if you aren't confident in your calls you won't get respect from the coaches,parents or players and you have to look confident aswell because if you look confident others will see you as a profesional
Posted By: Riley McCorrister-Fordyce 11/21/2014 1:24:31 PM

Hi Riley - to enter the contest, please complete the form which is listed in the post above. Thanks & good luck!
Posted By: BC Hockey 11/21/2014 2:00:33 PM

have you guys picked winners for this yet?
Posted By: Robin 1/9/2015 10:43:09 AM

RE: Winners?
Hi Robin. Winners for the Vancouver & Prince George games have been notified. There may be some more added for PG tomorrow. Officials for the Victoria game will be notified this week. The ones in Kamloops and Cranbrook will be announced in the next couple weeks.
Posted By: BC Hockey 1/14/2015 10:39:17 AM

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