Haldimand in need of Hockey Referees

CAYUGA — In face of what is being called a referee shortage in the U.S., multiple leagues across the nation have made call outs for hockey officials.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shortage has been brought about by droves of officials retiring or quitting and not having replacements ready to tighten their laces.

Unfortunately, the shortage has also reached into Quebec. The critical shortage is being most heavily felt in Outaouais, with an estimated 25 per cent of officials leaving, and 85 per cent of those departures by referees with 5 to 10 years of experience.

But, with the promise of “new official” clinic this season slated for the end of October or early November, the OMHA will provide new recruits for the Haldimand sector in Ontario.

It has been noted that a new Referee must be 14 by December 31, 2021, but the call out lists that they are in need of all ages of Referees, young and senior and every age in between.

If interested, possible recruits are urged to contact Eric Robertson at hra.assigner@gmail.com or 905-516-3026 for more information.

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