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Western Hockey League Officiating Nights
Thursday, December 10, 2015

BC Hockey and the Western Hockey League (WHL) are excited to announce that up to 100 certified minor hockey officials will have the opportunity to attend a WHL game as part of the “WHL Officiating Experience.”  Prior to the game, deserving 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 level.

Apply now for the WHL Officiating Experience

Applicants will be asked to tell us why they enjoy officiating and to submit a picture of them in their stripes.

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 and join the WHL game officials for a pre-game lap on the ice and stand with them during the national anthem.  Each night, up to 20 minor hockey officials will be a part of the event.

Contest closes Monday, January 4, 2016.  Winners will be notified of their acceptance for this event following the close of the contest.

The WHL Officiating Nights are:





Saturday, January 16

Vancouver Giants

Prince George Cougars

Pacific Coliseum

Wednesday, January 20

Victoria Royals

Medicine Hat Tigers

Save on Food Memorial Arena

Saturday, January 23

Prince George Cougars

Kamloops Blazers

CN Centre

Friday, January 29

Kamoops Blazers

Vancouver Giants

Sandman Centre

Saturday, January 30

Kelowna Rockets

Victoria Royals

Prospera Place


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 or follow along through social media at,, or



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