Category: Hockey News

Learn While You Earn! Become an Ice Hockey Official…

High School League Players…

     USA Hockey is holding its annual Referee Clinic at Coal street Ice Rink this Saturday August 18th.  This seminar is designed for new officials and returning Level I officials.  This would be a great opportunity for you to learn how to officiate the game you love to play.   This is a great part-time job for those of you who would like to make money while you learn to officiate.  There has never been a better time to become an official.  All across the country the demand for officiating is high.  Their are many opportunity’s to grow and develop into the higher levels of hockey.  Last year I was able to officiate the Kings Men’s and Women’s games.  We have many officials from our area that started right here that have since moved on to officiate College and Professional Hockey. 
     Even if you are out of the area or about to leave the area for college you can work anywhere in the country.  Your USA hockey requirement at this seminar is good nationwide, giving you a great paying part-time job even when you are away.   
    This upcoming season will be my 6th season as an official.  I will be one of the seminar instructors at the clinic and look forward to helping you become an official.  This is the best part-time job I have ever had.  I have had the opportunity to work with a great group of officials.  You will find the officials you will work with to be very helpful and you will see the game in a completely different way.     
It’s simple to get started.  Go on the USA hockey website and register as an official.  Wait 24 hours and go back to the USA Hockey website and register for our clinic.  If you cannot make our clinic and still want to register you can attend any of the USA Hockey level 1 and 2 clinics in the nation.  

Hockey Weekend Across America

Hockey Week Across America begins Sunday (Feb. 19) and runs through Feb. 26. Typically a weekend celebration, USA Hockey expanded the initiative to a week this year in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America. Started in 2008 by USA Hockey, HWAA is an effort to celebrate the game of hockey and those involved at all levels and also expose the game to new audiences. This year’s week-long celebration includes a special theme for each day, including the traditional themes of Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day (Friday), Try Hockey Day (Saturday) and Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes (Sunday), but this year also includes individual days to salute players (Monday), coaches (Tuesday), officials (Wednesday) and local rinks (Thursday).Interested in hosting a Try Hockey for Free event? Click here for more information or to register.

Source: Hockey Weekend Across America

Volunteers Needed!

wallyicefestWeather permitting, some locals are putting on a pond hockey tournament at the end of January on Lake Wallenpaupack.  The tournament can use any and all volunteers to assist with show removal, officiating, etc.  I know that some schools require students to obtain a certain number of volunteer hours so this would be a great opportunity to fulfill those hours as well as get some skating in on the lake!

Note that to play in the tournament you must be 21 years of age or older.  Alcohol will be served by local participating bars and restaurants.  I wanted to point this out in case any school has a policy against volunteering at an event where alcohol is being served.

To see volunteer opportunities and sign up for more information, visit