The Ontario Hockey League will be hosting its second annual Officiating Prospect Development Combine in June. Prospective OHL officials should submit their applications for the three-day event in Belleville.
The league advises that “individuals that apply must be excellent skaters, in great physical condition, and have a keen interest and desire to officiate at a high level.”
Here’s a look at the 2022 Camp:
“This was a well-run event and when I chatted with the officials, they seemed to really take value from it,” said Dan Hanoomansingh, Manager of Officiating for Hockey Canada, of last year’s event. “I overheard many comments specifically about the level of professionalism associated with this event.”
The OHL received over 200 applications to participate in last year’s inaugural event and selected 72 officials to participate. A total of ten women, six officials from the United States, and four new recruits to officiating were among those selected.
A total of 20 participants from last year’s Prospect Development Combine were then selected to attend the OHL Officiating Training Camp in August, and 17 of those officials were given the opportunity to officiate in the OHL for the 2022-23 season.
“I definitely feel like I’ll be going into the upcoming season as a better official,” said OHL referee Hillary Brennan.
The 2023 Officiating Prospect Development Combine will be held June 8-10 at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Belleville, Ontario.
Here’s a look back at last year’s event: