How do I become an official?

With the new season just around the corner, we are seeking new officials to join our roster within Bow Valley. If you will be 13 by December 31, 2023, you are eligible to be considered to join the officiating roster within Bow Valley. If you are new to officiating and would like to be considered, please contact Donald Davison at



Please note if you have officiated within Bow Valley previously you will be included in next year's roster unless you indicated that you are not returning to officiating. If you are 16+ prior to the end of 2023 you will be transitioned to the Hockey Alberta - Central Zone Referees' Committee roster and be assigned by their assignors.

How Do I Become a Certified Official?

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

Hockey Canada Officiating Program

For more info on Hockey Canada's Officiating Program please visit their website for more info.

Hockey Alberta Officiating Program

For more info on Hockey Alberta's Officiating Program please visit their website for more info.

Central Region Referees' Committee

The Central Zone Referees' Committee (CZRC) has been active and responsible for all officials since its' formation in 1979 as a subcommittee of the Hockey Alberta Referees' Council.  Central Zone is one of 6 Referee Zones in the province and overlaps Hockey Alberta's Zone 9 (Calgary)

NHL Officials Website

Check out the NHL's Officials website for a variety info and resources including videos.

What Equipment is Needed 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
  • Rule Book/Case Book Combination

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

Additional items, please note these items are not mandatory

  • 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