Officiating is a significant component of the game of hockey. Without officials, there is no game. It is officials passion and dedication to the game of hockey, that makes the game possible for over 13,500 kids in Calgary.

How to become a certified official:

To become certified as an official in Calgary you need to take part in an officials certification clinic.

To officiate you must be at least 13 years of age.

CZRC officiating clinics and dates

Who officiates what divisions?  Who assigns the officials?

Referees/Linesmen for Novice or Atom are assigned by Community Referee Coordinators based on assigned rinks.

For Pee Wee Division 4 and lower, the CZRC will assign the referee only and the linesmen are assigned by the Community Referee Coordinator.

For all Pee Wee Divisions 1-3, Bantam, Midget, Junior and Female games, the officials are assigned by CZRC.

What do you need to become an official?

Required Equipment:

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Elbow pads
  • Metal or black plastic whistle
  • Athletic support and cup
  • Measuring tape
  • Black polished skates with white laces
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Shin Pads
  • Clean official's black and white sweater with Hockey AB crest on front left side and Hockey Canada on the left arm
  • Black, pressed pants

*** Please note that a black Mesh Under Arm jersey is illegal

ADDITIONAL ITEMS - Please note that these items are not mandatory!

  • Approved Stick gauge
  • Rule Book/Case Book Combination
  • Needle and thread
  • Hockey puck
  • Referee pad and pencil
  • Off-ice Officials Manual
  • Officiating Procedures Manual
  • Protective girdle
  • Black referee bag
  • Extra safety pins
  • Skate stone
  • Extra white laces
  • Extra whistle
  • Towel and soap

Hockey Calgary and Hockey Canada Rule Books

Hockey Calgary By Laws and Playing Rules (PDF)

NHL Officiating Signals

Officiating Links

Hockey Canada's Officiating Certification Levels

Hockey Canada Officiating Bulletins

Hockey Canada Downloads

Hockey Canada Standard of Play

Hockey Canada Rule Emphasis

NHL Officials Website

Officiating Health and Wellness Info

NHL Officiating Training Camps

Calgary Central Zone Referees Council website

NDL Officiating Manual and Clinics

NDL Officiating Manual (PDF)

Officiating Contacts

Community Hockey 



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