Ref's Corner

Officiating is a significant component of the game of hockey. Without officials, there is no game. To become certified as an official in Calgary you need to complete an online course and attend an official’s certification clinic.

To officiate you must be at least 13 years of age by December 31.

Prerequsites to Register

This information can be found on the Hockey Alberta Website at:

New Officials

  • Minimum of 13 years old.
  • Register for the "HU-Officiating 1/2" Clinic. You must complete the Hockey University Officiating online course prior to registering for an in-class clinic. The course takes approximately three hours to complete.
  • Once you have completed the online course, register for an in-class clinic.
  • In order to register for a clinic online you must have an eHockey account. SET UP EHOCKEY ACCOUNT >
  • After creating your account CLICK HERE to go be re-directed to the Dates and Locations section of the website and follow the appropriate steps to register. Pre-registration is required.   Each clinic has limited spots available and walk-ins are not accepted. Attendees are required to pre-register.
  • All clinics consist of classroom sessions and on-ice sessions. Bring your skates, helmet (with visor) and a whistle to your on-ice session.

Returning Officials

LEVEL I: Prepare a young or new official to officiate minor hockey.

  • New official (any age) or returning officials younger than 16 years
  • Minimum age: 13 years; Maximum age: none

LEVEL II: Further enhance the training and skills of minor hockey officials.

  • Returning youth officials 16 years or older, or returning adult officials

Once you have completed your clinic and been certified by Hockey Alberta, please contact Crowfoot Hockey to get put on our list of certified officials for our records.

Required Equipment

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Clean official's black and white sweater with Hockey AB crest on front left side and Hockey Canada on the left arm
  • Arm bands
  • Black, pressed pants
  • Black skates with white laces (goalie skates not allowed)
  • Metal or black plastic whistle
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Elbow pads (optional but recommended)
  • Athletic support and cup (optional but recommended)
  • Shin Pads (optional but recommended)

Please note your Hockey Alberta crest, Hockey Canada shoulder patch, and Hockey Canada Casebook are included in your clinic registration fee.

Further Information

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions from the Hockey Alberta Website at the following link: