On September 30th Cole and I arrived at the airport in the morning to catch a flight to Vancouver to attend the OPOE camp hosted by Hockey Canada. Going into the camp, I tried to gather as much information as I could from previous officials who had attended the camp in order to prepare myself for the weekend. The one comment I believe I gathered from almost everyone was how awful the yo-yo test is, and I can now tell you, they weren't wrong.

OPOE was nothing but a positive experience. This is a weekend that is absolutely jammed with developmental opportunities from the moment you step off the plane. What you can expect from this weekend is to be very tired when you head home, and hopefully a better official. For my years group, once we got there we immediately were put through a warmup followed power skating from the NHL officials guru Dave Smith.

Congratulations to Ken Dentzien who was a recipient of the prestigious Dave Ganley Award! Ken will be presented his award at next season's general meeting. Congratulations also goes to Hockey Alberta Award winners Darryl Holt, Shelley Knowlton, and Jim McAuley.
 
North Zone Official Cole Feth was also a recipient of a Referee Committee Scholarship.
 

Hockey Canada has updated Tripping Rule 7.4 in the rule book for the 2016-17 season.

 

Rule 7.4(b), which pertains to slew footing, contains new language and penalties for this infraction. Rule 7.4(b) now reads:

 

A player who slew foots an opponent shall be assessed a double minor penalty plus a game misconduct if he is standing still while committing the foul. Should the player be moving (skating) or if an injury results from the infraction, the player shall be assessed a match penalty. A match penalty shall be assessed to any player who attempts to injure or deliberately injures an opponent with a slew foot.

On April 18, 2016 at the North Zone Referees' Committee's Annual General Meeting, long serving member Stuart McDonald was recognized.

   

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