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Welcome to the Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey Officiating page!

Mission Statement:

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. 

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.

 

Annual Events

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.

 

New Officials

Interested in becoming an official?

Please complete this form to inform us of your interest.

If you or your child is interested in certifying as an official, we recommend registering for and completing the Hockey University - Officiating online modules. The course is a pre-requisite to becoming an official and costs $19.95. Once the course has been completed, it never expires. This allows you or your child to gauge their interest in officiating for next season. The course can be accessed at: https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca/ehockey/ClinicDetail.aspx?cid=110263

 

Returning Officials

All returning officials must attend a re-certification clinic. Register on the BC Hockey website for a clinic that is convenient for you.

https://www.bchockey.net/Clinics/clinics.aspx

 

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.

Below is the list of ice sessions. Each ice session has been assigned an experience group that the curriculum taught will be aimed at. Officials are expected to attend ice sessions of their experience group.

Feel free to attend ice sessions outside of your specified experience group! The more sessions you attend, the better official you will be.

Mon Sept 11 - 2nd/3rd year
Mon Sept 18 - 2nd/3rd year
Sat Sept 23 - 4th/5th year
Mon Sept 25 - 2nd/3rd year
Sat Sept 30 - 4th/5th year
Sat Oct 14 - 2nd/3rd year
Sat Oct 21 - 4th/5th year
Sat Oct 28 - 4th/5th year
Sat Nov 4 - New officials
Sat Nov 18 - New officials
Sat Nov 25 - New officials
Sat Dec 2 - New officials
Sat Dec 9 -New officials
Sat Dec 16 - New officials

 

Leadership Team

Trevor Boudreau (Referee-in-Chief) - tboudreau@vancouvertbirds.ca

Tim Dodds (Officiating Coordinator) - tdodds@vancouvertbirds.ca

Evan Singer (Officiating Coordinator) - esinger@vancouvertbirds.ca

Bob Zhang (Officiating Coordinator) - bzhang@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.