Thursday, August 15, 2013

BCHL officiating developing talent for the future

Press Release

In addition to hockey players training for the season ahead, budding referees and linesmen are also taking part in intense physical and mental training to make sure their ready for the opening puck drop.

This year, the BCHL Board of Governors created scholarship opportunities for some young officials in B.C. to attend two of the best summer officiating camps there are.

The West Coast Prep Referee Camp in Port Alberni and the Steve Kozari School of Officiating in Penticton offer elite training for young officials looking to move up the ranks. The five recipients of the BCHL Board of Governors Officiating Scholarships to attend these camps were Hasret Sidhu, Jordan Wood, Matt Caillet, Tyler Goudal, and Jonah Lachapelle.

"Just like players in our league prepare in the off-season, our officials are expected to focus on their training and come into the season in great condition," said BCHL director of officiating Derek Adams. "We place a high degree of accountability on our guys to work hard in the gym over the summer to ensure they come into the season in great shape."

The West Coast and Kozari camps provide young officials with the technical and physical tools to run a game the right way and open doors to working and increasingly advanced levels of hockey.

"These particular schools are excellent training grounds for young officials because they offer them the ability to learn the trade by officiating games in front of NHL officials like Brad Lazarowich, Steve Kozari and Kyle Ryman, but also as important they provide these young officials the opportunity to be scouted and hired by the BCHL,” said Adams. "The camps also have an excellent off-ice training component that delivers instruction on such things as rules, game management, positioning, and on-ice presence, which are all very important parts of being an on-ice official in junior hockey.”

Adams knows the support of the league's Board of Goverors in creating the scholarships is another way in which the BCHL is setting the pace in terms of moving dedicated individuals on to the next level.

"It is another example of the support our Board of Governors shows to the BCHL officiating program and to making our league the best Junior A league in Canada. 

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