Ask a Referee!

Are you a referee with a question, looking for an answer? Are you searching for the correct interpretation of a rule? Are you needing clarification? Hockey Canada has the solution – Ask a Referee! Send your questions in, and every month Hockey Canada’s referee-in-chief will give his answers. » send e-mail

Twelve referees and eight linesmen have been assigned by the International Ice Hockey Federation to work at 10 events during the 2015-16 season, with five on the long list for the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Twenty-one Canadian officials, representing eight provinces, and four international delegates are in Moncton, N.B., for the Hockey Canada Level VI Officiating Seminar, which prepares them for national and international assignments.
Five of Canada’s top female officials have earned invites to the inaugural Hockey Canada Female Level V Officiating Seminar, preparing them for national and international events, from the Esso Cup to the Olympics.
Are you a coach or an official and you’re not quite sure how a rule should be interpreted? Was that a penalty or not? Get the answers you’re looking for by downloading the 2014-15 version of Hockey Canada’s official rule book.
One of the best ways to understand what an official looks for is to look closely at certain cues within the player’s actions. The initial action a player takes allows the official to anticipate the infractions because in most cases it is inevitable.