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A while ago I wrote a small article regarding the challenges our young officials face in today's sports. Today my son got his last pay for the Minor Hockey season as he begins to officiate the spring hockey season. Since September my son officiated in approximately 240 games - half the games wearing the bands and the other half as a linesman. Through the season he dealt with some difficult coaches and parents. He dealt with it, learned from it and carried on.  Being only a level 1 and a 14-year-old he was assigned higher level games which challenged him and also brought him to...

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Have you ever walked into a sports arena and heard parents yell: “That was a foul!" "What the ****!” or “What the hell that wasn’t a penalty!” Or sometimes even worse.  It’s all a small part of a much larger problem which is the verbal harassment of sports officials. From hockey, to basketball, to football, and many other sports - these instances can either make or break an official. It doesn't matter whether they’re 15 or 35 - officials need to know how to handle those kinds of situations. As mentioned this doesn't only apply to hockey, but as many in...

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By: Michael Whaley The bond a father and son can grow through the love of hockey is arguably unmatched. This is a story about such a bond. By the time I was 18 months old, my Monday nights turned into late nights at the Ice House watching the local junior B team the London Nationals. This meant that every Monday night you would find David Whaley and his son wearing their matching Toronto Maple Leaf jackets. Dad would prop me up on top of the garbage can so I would be able to follow the puck flying around the ice...

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By: Jason Lortie (@doctor_jaylo) In terms of my personal and professional life, I have failed more times than I can remember. But let me try and run you through the major failures of my life and how many of them there have been. Two of the first major failures in my life came at the end of my playing career. I was cut from the high school team I had moved across the country to play for my senior year. I had played with them for the two years prior. After getting picked up by a junior team to try...

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By: Jack Sabo It’s early in the morning, and I just finished a squirt game with my partner, who like me, is a teenager. Another referee, clearly older, walks into the dressing room. He nods his head at us and goes about getting ready for his game, but he doesn’t talk to us, shake our hands, or introduce himself. Sadly, this scenario actually happens all too often in the officiating world. Thankfully, my first referee experience was nothing like this. I was eleven years old, and it was a higher level middle school game, so I was extremely nervous. So nervous...

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