Hockey season is gearing up once again in leagues across the province and at a range of age levels. As the players head into tryouts and begin brushing up on their skills, so too are officials getting prepped. This year, player numbers appear to be up across the board, according to Dean Elmy, referee coordinator for Zone 5 of Hockey Sask.
“It looks like hockey numbers are up in the area, and with that, we need officials. The registration and on-ice clinics have been released and are on the Hockey Sask website. Anybody interested in signing up, whether you’re new or you want to get back into the game, you can look on the website or give me a call and complete your training.”
Any official under the age of 17 who intends to officiate at any level during the season must attend an on ice clinic. Those clinics for the zone are being held in Humboldt, St. Brieux, Naicam, Wadena, Bruno, Lanigan, Watson and Watrous. The clinics are about two hours long.
Elmy says the organization is certainly welcoming new officials to on-board given the increased interest and numbers.
With those numbers being up, we’re seeing more and more teams in towns that haven’t had certain age groups for a while - those teams are popping up, so there’s a bigger need now.”
Information and access to registration is online at HockeySask.ca/officials/registration. Anyone with questions is invited to call Dean Elmy at (306) 231-5915.