Ask hockey fans the primary job of a hockey Official and the answer will probably be, “Call penalties, offsides, and icings.” However, the skills required to successfully officiate hockey go deeper and are more detailed than just making the call.

In How to Referee Hockey: it is not just about the Rule Book, you will learn how to use positioning to stay out of the way and to see the play, procedures to work with your colleagues and manage stoppages, and game management to reduce the risk of incidents and respond when they do occur.

About the Author: Mitchell Jeffrey lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2013. Mitchell has officiated hockey since 1999 at the minor, AAA, high school, junior and senior levels.

Mitchell has served in various roles since 2013, including Vice President of Officials for Assiniboine Park Hockey Association, St. James-Assiniboia Minor Hockey Association, and the Manitoba Women’s Junior Hockey League, as well as the Principal of Hockey Winnipeg Referee Development. During this time he has contributed to the development of more than 500 Officials.

How to Referee Hockey: it is not just about the Rule Book