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Come Join Us!

Important: Please read information below before registering (Link for registration is at bottom of this page).


Think you know everything about hockey, now is your chance to put it to the test!!  We are accepting Officiating applications from March 1st - April 20th, 2024. 

I would like to thank you in advance for your interest in our Officiating Program. My name is Jeff Deavy, Alt. Referee -In-Chief (RIC) of NMHOP, also known as D10.

This year our goal is to hire as many new officials as possible. I have provided some FAQs as insight to all interested candidates and a sense of the expectation to become an official within the NMHOP.

Note: As you read this material, please be advised you must be accepted first by the Referee In-Chief before taking any course(s) through the HEO On-Line Portal for Officiating


With membership of over 100 officials. NMHOP offers a comprehensive program that allows each official to develop quickly through both on-ice experience and off-ice instruction. The following information is provided to support your decision-making process on whether to join the NMHOP.

Who should be applying as a new On-Ice Official with NMHOP?

A prospective On-Ice Official should apply as a new on-ice official if they are:

  • A first year on-ice official (i.e., someone who has never officiated minor ice hockey before.)

  • An on-ice official who previously officiated in NMHOP, another Member Branch, District or Association but has been inactive and does NOT have the permission of the Referee-in-Chief to register as a returning official.

Who should be applying as a returning/transferring On-Ice Official with NMHOP?

A prospective On-Ice official should apply as a returning/transferring on-ice official if they are:

  • An on-ice official who was certified last season, but worked in another Member Branch, District or Association.

  • An on-ice official who previously officiated but has been inactive for an extended period.

Are there any specific criteria or requirements the NMHOP is looking for?

The minimum age of a new On-Ice Official in NMHOP should be 14+ years old.

When will I learn if I have been granted a spot?

The Referee-in-Chief will make every possible effort to notify all successful candidates of their acceptance in June via email, mail or by phone. If you are not contacted, then your application for the coming season was unsuccessful, most likely due to the number of openings. All unsuccessful candidates are encouraged to try again next year.


The June notification date allows for:

  • The Referee-in-Chief to determine who is returning from the previous season. All officials in good standing that worked the previous season for the NMHOP are automatically guaranteed a position for the upcoming season.

  • To allow for a determination of the number of officials required.

  • To determine the number of new officials that can be trained and receive the required development support.

What training is required?

All new officials are required to take an in-person  Hockey Canada certification clinic. These clinics are one day in length plus one four-hour online course. Attendance is MANDATORY in order to officiate.  If NMHOP commits to you to join our roster, you will be notified of clinic dates well in advance of it occurring.

All new and returning officials that only officiate in D10 and not in other Districts, Central Assigning Officiating or Eastern Ontario High Performance are required to take part in a Mandatory Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) approved quiz program during the hockey season. This requirement is standard across all Officiating Districts within HEO.

What is the recruiting policy for prospective new NMHOP Officials?

The RIC of D10 is responsible for the recruiting, training, and development of all duly registered on-ice officials within D10. However, the Referee-in-Chief of  D10 is under no obligation to recruit and/or use any official who obtains certification (training as noted above) without first approaching and obtaining the permission of the D10/NMHOP Referee-in-Chief beforehand.

Application Process

  • Please click on the appropriate application/form link below and complete the associated form.

  • Based on the number of applicants and ice availability, there will be a 1 hour Mandatory  skating test involved to assess your skating abilities.

  • You may be contacted for an interview, if successful in the skating abilities testing.

  • If successful, all new officials will be provided with an On-Ice session with Sr. Officials and given instructions on positioning/procedures.

Please do not use your University or College e-mail address when completing your application.  The e-mail gets bounce back to us as failure.

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