Hockey Referee

Keep order during intense hockey matches.

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Salary Range
$16,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hockey Referees do?

Hockey Referees control the pace of and maintain order in hockey games. Using their in-depth knowledge of hockey rules and regulations as well as their keen eye for detail, they stop play and impose penalties when appropriate. Being a Hockey Referee means keeping track of about a million different variables while ice skating and avoiding a dozen heavily armored players. If this sounds like the exciting, challenging job you want, then read on.

As a Hockey Referee, you’re out there in the thick of the action. You work with other Referees as well as Linesmen, whose sole duty is to pay attention to infractions surrounding the various lines painted on the ice. When an infraction is noted by any member of the officiating team, a penalty is called.

Oftentimes, officials decide the penalty on their own, but you may be called upon to discuss whether or not a move might actually have been permissible, or what the severity of the penalty should be. Don’t be surprised if five possible opinions come out of a four-person discussion.

Every game is different and unpredictable. Depending on the league you’re working in and how many teams it has, your schedule could be extremely regular or highly erratic. Also, Referees of all kinds must necessarily deal with the public response to their calls.

Even when a player does something blatantly against the rules, their fans in the crowd may take issue with whatever penalty you impose, however fair. But if you remember that you’re all that stands between fair play and good sportsmanship, and a maelstrom of chaos on the ice, you’ll always know why you suit up and go out there every day.

Should I be a Hockey Referee?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Diving Referee, National Hockey League Referee, NBA Referee

    How to become a Hockey Referee

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