NEW For 2023-2024 Season

Updated: 8 Sept 2023

If your player is 13 or 14 years old and is interested in becoming a new referee or returning as a level one referee, please read the following information.  If your player is 15 years old and has never worked as a referee before, this also applies to them.  If they are 15 -19 (as of December 2023)  and have already completed level 1, they can sign up for a level 2 course and you can disregard this information.

LEVEL 1: Referee Assigning will be now competed by Central Zone.  Assigning will be quadrant based and will be completed by 4 quadrant-based assignors.  Please see the attached FAQ to learn more about the new process.   If you would like to work as a referee in the SW quadrant of the Calgary, you must attend an in-person clinic that is also in the SW quadrant.

 2023-2024 Quadrant Assigning FAQ

NEW REFEREES: The HU-Online Officials 1/2 program is a pre-requisite for registration in an in-person Officials - Level 1-2 Clinic. You may register for the online course on the HCR Clinic Registration page.

What level should your register in?  CLICK HERE to read more about the levels.

Referee Certification/Clinic Registration

Clinic Types:

U15 Level 1 (13 & 14 years old) - Full day with ice session [search under *Official - Level 1]

U19 Level 1-2 (15-18 years old) - Full day with no ice session [search under *Official - Level 1-2]

Questions about clinics can be sent to

IMPORTANT: Level 1 - You must attend a clinic within the city quadrant that you want to work in.  You will only be assigned games within the same quadrant that you took the course.  If you take a rural course, you will only be assigned rural games.

All officials must re-certify every season if they wish to officiate past December 15. Officials' Certification from the 2022-2023 season will remain valid until December 15, 2023.

IMPORTANT: All referees must have an HCR 3.0 (Spordle) account to register for the referee clinics as e-hockey has been migrated into the Hockey Canada Registry.  Referees can choose to make their own HCR account or use their parent's account once their membership profile has been linked to their parent's HCR account.  Instructions on how to do this can be found in this document, HCR 3.0 Spordle Account - Create & Register for Clinic-Course.

General Referee Information

Referee Equipment

Hockey Alberta - Officials - Resources - Equipment

Required Equipment:

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Metal or black plastic whistle
  • Black polished skates with white laces
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Clean official's black and white sweater with Hockey Alberta crest and Hockey Canada crest (with removable arm bands only)
  • Black, pressed pants

Optional Equipment:

  • Elbow pads
  • Athletic support and cup
  • Measuring tape
  • Shin Pads

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

Where does the Hockey Alberta Crest go? - Left chest area over your heart
Where does the Hockey Canada Patch go? - Left shoulder
It is not recommended that you iron these on unless you get it done at a sports shop who have the correct equipment. Sewing is the best option. Crests are available at Tuxedo Sports.

U9 Half-Ice Game Format

All U9 games (community and house league) are on half-ice. There are two Referees (one for each half-ice game). A Central Region Supervisor may be assigned to mentor new referees at these games.

Roles & Responsibilities for Officials for U9 Half-Ice Games (Jan 2019)

Referee Payments

For information regarding how referees are paid, please review the Hockey Alberta Officials-Central Region webpage under "Assigning" (scroll to the bottom and click on the tab "Getting Paid").

Hockey Calgary Officials Rates (2023-2024)



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