DBOA Bids Farewell to One of its Own

The DBOA was saddened this fall to lose one of our own.  Daniel Spence, an over 10 year veteran of our association, lost his life in late September.  Aside from his officiating family which included our entire association, Daniel’s own immediate family often took to the ice with him as well, with both his father and brother officiating hockey in District B.  Daniel was an excellent official, taking great pride in his work.  He could always be counted on for a joke or fun story in the dressing room before and after games, and could rarely be found without a smile on his face.  Many officials in the district are donning helmet stickers in honour of our friend, of which you will find an image below.

Rest easy Dan.  We miss you.  Today we celebrate your life along with many other of your family and friends, but still wish we could work even just one more game with you on our crew.  We’ll honour your memory by giving our best every time we step on the ice, just as you always did!! #brotherinstripes

Early Season Tune Up

A group of newer DBOA officials gathered at Richcraft Sensplex this week for some advanced instruction from some of the HEO’s Officiating Program’s top brass.  Classroom sessions included technical details surrounding the role of both linesmen and referees, communication with your partners on the ice, rule emphasis, and game management.  The on ice portion involved some skating drills followed by a demonstration and discussion on how to best communicate with the player’s bench (calmly and respectfully), while also preparing officials for how to address any verbal abuse and or disrespectful actions from bench staff.

Black and White Game 1 done!

Game 1 of the Black and White game is complete with Team White easily winning 7-1. Captain of the Black team Shawn Corcoran could not be reached for comment.

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Lots of “First’s” to start the year!

As with every season, first year officials jump on the ice for the very first time with their mentor and a senior official to experience a novice or atom hockey game. It is an exciting time, yet a lot of nerves and pressures.

Well the same thing occurs in year two when officials wear the bands for their first time, except with no mentor following them around the ice! There is much more pressure leading the game as the head referee, but the experience is one should never turn away.

On October 21st, we had a crew consisting of Hailey Perreault, Ryan MacPherson, and Don Stewart. What was so special about this crew? Don having years of experience, and as well as being a supervisor, was the only one of the 3 to ever wear the bands! For Ryan and Hailey were both about the experience their first games as the head ref. Ryan worked the 4pm Peewee B game, while Hailey did the 5pm Peewee C game.

Hailey on her first game called a too many players on the ice call, and Ryan demonstrated excellent positioning in the end zone.

“I thought my first game went really well. It was nice knowing I had the support of my partners and supervisors in attendance” says Hailey. “I like reffing because it’s a great way to stay involved in hockey now that I’ve graduated out of minor hockey.”

“I love reffing because I have played hockey since I was four and love being out on the ice, whether as a player or an official. Its a great way for me to stay involved in something I truly enjoy” mentioned Ryan. “I really enjoyed my first game. I liked it more than doing lines because it is a lot more skating and you are (almost) always moving. I was a little nervous at the start of the game, but as the game progressed I became more comfortable with the positioning.”

These two officials were in great hands with Don on the lines. Don brought a wealth of knowledge and helpful hints for the two rookie referee’s throughout the game.

Great work everyone!

DBOA Official Selected to the AHL

The District B Officials Association would like to congratulate fellow referee Brandon Bourgeois for making the American Hockey League team of officials!

Brandon has been with the DBOA for a number of years, even helping out on the executive, and as a mentor/supervisor. He will once again be helping out this season as a supervisor, so some of our officials will be seen by an AHL official!

Congrats Brandon! Do us proud!

Welcome to our new site!

The District B Officials Association is back up and running. After being without a website for sometime now, we are working on getting our brand new website fully functional. Keep checking back as we will continuously add new content to our site.

Games have already started, refs have already called multiple (good) penalties, and the hockey fun is here! See you on the ice!