Making The Call – The Beginnings of a Referee

Updated January 16, 2018

Every year, nearly 40,000 referees lace up their skates to officiate minor league hockey games across Canada. That number includes nearly 5000 referees in Hockey Alberta. These referees range in age from 11 to 75, and each plays a key role in making sure the games are run smoothly and safely. This year, Hockey Calgary welcomes their newest referee – 13 year old Mason Rockley. We follow Mason’s story as he learns the fundamentals through the Central Zone officiating clinics, and then goes on to call his first game. HockeyXtra gives you a front row seat as Mason dons the stripes for this memorable occasion.

If your son or daughter would like to be involved with the Referee program, please contact your local hockey association for more information.


Media Coverage

Friday January 12, 2018

Referee video aims to recruit more youth ~ CTV Calgary News

“Thousands of Calgary kids are taking to the ice for Minor Hockey Week at the Max Bell Centre but a growing number of youngsters are slipping into striped shirts rather than pads for the tournament.”

Thank you to CTV News Calgary & Kevin Fleming for broadcasting this story.

Click here for the full CTV News story

Tuesday January 16, 2018

13-year-old hockey player gets extra ice time, and cash, while refereeing ~ CBC News Calgary

“We meet 13-year old referee Mason Rockley and Lance McKinnon who is chair of the Central Zone Referee’s Committee which runs a referee mentorship program for teens.”

Thank you to CBC Calgary’s David Gray & Angela Knight for this wonderful story!

Click here for the full CBC news story


Special thanks to …

Mason Rockley – Hockey Referee

Cam Rockley – Mason’s Father

Lance McKinnon – CZRC Chairman

Jan Kruis – CZRC Mentor Program Coordinator


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