Welcome to the Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey Officiating page!
In conjunction with Hockey Canada, BC Hockey and Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey’s commitment to “Fun, fair play for all”, the officials of Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey are dedicated to ensuring that the sport of hockey is both “safe” and “fair”.
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Questions? Contact information for our Leadership Team can be found at the bottom of this page.
Interested in becoming an official?
Please complete this form to inform us of your interest. We are no longer accepting new officials for the 2017-2018 season. We look forward to meeting you next year!
All re-certification clinics this year are closed. Check back in August!
Our Officiating Development Program
For the past several years, Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey has been a leader in its decision to fully support the development of brand new, young and more experienced officials by providing the necessary knowledge and skills needed to become better, capable, confident officials. The creation of a supervision and shadowing program, in combination with on-ice clinics held throughout the year for officials of varying years of experience has helped achieve such a goal. The Development Team is made up of officials with various levels and years of officiating experience, ranging from the WHL, Junior A & B, as well as younger officials who have a keen passion and exemplify the role of officiating. Several of our officials have been recognized for their excellence nationally, provincially, and locally.
The Officiating Program hosts various events throughout the year, both in the spirit of community and team building, but also in keeping with the idea that exposure to excellent standards of officiating contributes to the overall development of officials. One such event is a night for new officials to "supervise" and grade more experienced officials at a Midget A game. Other events include meeting with WHL officials at a Vancouver Giants game in the spring.
Officiating Development Sessions
Our development program offers weekly on-ice development sessions aimed at helping our officials develop their skill, comfort, and passion on the ice. First year officials are required to attend at least two of these sessions before being eligible to be assigned games.
Our ice sessions have ended for the season. Check back in September for next season's schedule!
Featured Question Contest
Participate in our featured question contest! Explain your call to the following scenario to be entered to win officiating gear!
Send an email to ask.a.ref [at] vancouvertbirds.ca with your name, call, and reasoning. Include rule numbers and examples as part of your reasoning.
"What is the call when a puck is shot from behind the centre ice line and the defending goaltender comes out of their crease to potentially play the puck but decides not to?"
Congratulations to our following award winners of 2016-2017:
Junior Official of the Year: Sam Shapray
Senior Official of the Year: Rupert Xu
Trevor Boudreau (Referee-in-Chief) - tboudreau [at] vancouvertbirds.ca
Tim Dodds (Officiating Coordinator) - tdodds [at] vancouvertbirds.ca
Evan Singer (Officiating Coordinator) - esinger [at] vancouvertbirds.ca
Bob Zhang (Officiating Coordinator) - bzhang [at] vancouvertbirds.ca
For inquiries regarding first-year officials, please email Bob Zhang.
For all general inquiries or inquiries regarding returning officials, please email Tim Dodds.
For on-ice development clinics, please email Evan Singer.
For rule questions and clarifications, please email ask.a.ref [at] vancouvertbirds.ca