Hockey Alberta Officials Website

Want to Become a Certified Official?

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 14,000 kids in Calgary.


To become certified as an official in Calgary you need to complete an online course and attend an officials certification clinic. More information can be found through the Hockey Alberta Officials website link above.

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




What do I need?

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)



Who Officiates What Divisions? Who Assigns the Officials?

Referees/Linesmen for U9 or U11 are assigned by the Community Referee Coordinator of the Host Association/Team.

For all U13, U15, U18, U21 and Female games, the officials are assigned by Hockey Alberta.




Get your Hockey Canada Rule Book App to educate yourself as a parent or a coach on what calls the Officials are making during a game.


Are you and your family new to hockey? Ever wonder what the referee just called? Here are a few tips to help you understand the game a little better.
A Minor penalty is 2 minutes. A Double Minor penalty is 4 minutes. A Major penalty is 5 minutes.
The seriousness or severity of the penalty will determine whether it is a Minor, Double Minor, or Major penalty. Penalties are called at the discretion of the Referee.

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