December 4, 2017

NEWS RELEASE - HockeyXtra Show Features First Year Minor Hockey Referee

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 4, 2017

Calgary, AB – The HockeyXtra Show in conjunction with the Central Zone Referees’ Committee (CZRC) have recently completed a video story of a young first year referee.  The purpose of this story is to create awareness and insight into the CZRC’s Referee Mentorship Program.  Through this story, we want to encourage current, former and future minor hockey participants to consider joining the Referee Program to continue to help grow the game.

Making The Call – The Beginnings of a Referee

Watch video here:

Every year, nearly 40,000 referees lace up their skates to officiate minor league hockey games across Canada. That number includes nearly 5000 referees in Hockey Alberta. These referees range in age from 11 to 75, and each plays a key role in making sure the games are run smoothly and safely.  This year, Hockey Calgary welcomes their newest referee - 13 year old Mason Rockley. We follow Mason's story as he learns the fundamentals through the Central Zone officiating clinics, and then goes on to his call his first game. HockeyXtra gives you a front row seat as Mason dons the stripes for this memorable occasion.

If your son or daughter would like to be involved with the Referee program, please contact your local hockey association for more information.
Special thanks to …

Mason Rockley – First year Official
Cam Rockley – Mason’s Father
Lance McKinnon – CZRC Chairman
Jan Kruis – CZRC Mentor Program Coordinator
Resources & Information

·       Central Zone Referees’ Committee – About the CZRC:

·       Hockey Calgary – How To Become A Certified Official:

·       Hockey Alberta – Officials:

·       Hockey Canada – Officiating Essentials:


HockeyXtra is powered by passionate hockey people and parents volunteering their spare time trying to make a difference to the sport. 

Mission - To promote, inspire and educate our parents & youth the benefits of playing minor hockey and to illustrate the sense of community that surrounds minor hockey to present and future participants.

Purpose - By sharing positive, inspirational and educational stories our purpose will be to promote and inspire the game of hockey to the surrounding communities and future participants.

Value - To illustrate the positive values the game of hockey has on its members and provide a platform that will showcase how the members can impact & inspire society.

For more information on this story please contact:


Ryan Carthy                                                                                        Lance McKinnon                         
Executive Producer                                                                             CZRC Chairman                                                                                    
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