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.
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.
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
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
"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.
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)