Ref's Circle

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season!

Kim Lamberton is our Referee in Chief and Officiating Assignor for the 2019-2020 season.


Her contact information is:

Phone: 778-688-5307


2020-2021 1st Year Officials:

The application period for new Officials for the 2020-2021 season has now closed as we have received sufficient applicants. Please watch this page in February-March of 2021 for the next application period.

Both Adult and youth applicants may apply. Applicants must be birth year 2008 or older.

New officials must be prepared to attend on ice training sessions, Saturday and/or Sunday mornings, until the Remembrance Day weekend.

The majority of officiating shifts will be primarily on Saturday and Sunday, especially for your first year.  New officials start out doing games at the U9 level and will be advanced to higher levels as they develop the necessary skills.  There is no guarantee as to the number of games you will get your first year, but depending on your availability and the number of new officials in the program we try to get you as many games as possible.

There will be an evaluation skate in early September (date TBD).  Referee gear will not be required for this session.  You will only require a helmet and skates.  After the evaluation skate successful applicants will be notified by e-mail inviting them to continue on in the 1st year officials program.

Approved new applicants will then be required to complete an 'Online Officiating 1/2' referee course with Hockey Canada via BC Hockey. The cost is $20 and can take up to 3 hours to complete.

Hockey Canada Clinic Registration

You must create an E-Learning account (if you don't already have one) to register for any referee clinic.  You will need your Hockey ID number to register.  If you do not know your Hockey ID number, please contact our Cloverdale MHA registrar or BC Hockey.

You will then be required to complete a 'Level 1 referee course' (or Level 2 if 16 years or older) at a cost of about $100.  Again, registration for this would be with Hockey Canada via BC Hockey.

In the past Cloverdale MHA has offered this course as an 'in house clinic' put on by BC Hockey at SSLC (Fleetwood Arena) and are attempting to do so again.  More info. on this to follow.  The clinic is comprised of a classroom session and an on-ice session.  For the classroom session you will require a pen and notebook.  For the on-ice session you will require your full ref gear.  Bring a snack/meal in case wanted.

You can get a jump on officiating rules by downloading and reading the Hockey Canada Rule Book App.

Full Referee Gear:

Skates, hockey helmet with clear 1/2 visor, jock, black and white ref jersey, finger whistle, H2O bottle and all black athletic/track pants or ref pants.

As you progress in officiating U11 or higher games, or just wish to start from the beginning wearing them, it would be a good idea to include shin pads and elbow pads.

Eventually as you progress to a 3 man system and do the Ref position, you will need red arm bands that snap onto your ref jersey.

2020-2021 Returning Officials:

All returning officials that wish to continue officiating must attend a re-certification clinic before Dec. 31, 2020 or they will not be eligible to officiate after December 31, 2020.  We hope and look forward to seeing all officials return.

Returning officials can re-certify by registering for a super clinic through BC Hockey.  Clinics usually start to be listed around mid-August.

Hockey Canada Clinic Registration

You will need your Hockey ID to register.  If you do not know your Hockey ID number please contact our Cloverdale MHA registrar or BC Hockey.

All officials who are 18 years or older must complete a Criminal Record Check.

References for All Officials:

Download and read the Hockey Canada Rule Book App for iOS or Android

Faceoff Locations

Penalty Shots

Online Game Incident Report Tutorial

Cross Ice Program Guide

Hockey Canada - How to get Started in officiating