The 2012 Ontario Hockey League Officiating Camp took place over the weekend of August 24-26 at Durham College in Oshawa, ON.
85 officials were in attendance and involved in sessions that included fitness evaluation, skating, and classroom review that included video and rule interpretation.
The camp also included 17 prospect officials (five referees and 12 linesmen) while four current OHL linesmen are trying out for a referee position. This season the league has eight spots available that includes space for four new referees and four new linesmen.
Special guests in attendance at the Camp included OHL Officiating Alumni Steve Barton and Dean Morton of the NHL, and NHL Officiating Manager Dan McCourt.
The OHL has worked hard at developing officials and have welcomed 66 new members on staff in the past four years alone. For the third straight year all OHL games will be played with the four-man system.
Last season a number of OHL officials worked major CHL and International events including:
2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup (Shawinigan, PQ) - Sean Reid, Referee (Semis and Championship Games).
2012 World Senior Championship (Helsinki, FIN / Stockholm, SWE) - Dave Lewis, Referee, Jesse Wilmot, Linesman.
2012 CIS Nationals (Fredericton, NB) - Sean Reid, Referee (Championship Game).
2012 World Championships Div 1, Group A (Ljubljana, SLO) - Matt Traub, Linesman.
2012 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge (Windsor) - Seth Ferguson (R), Dustin McCrank (L) and Adam Harris(L) (Gold Medal Game), Ben Wilson (R) and Ryan Holmstead (L).
2011 World Jr. A Challenge (Langley, BC) - Tom Sweeney, Referee (Bronze Medal game).
Best of luck to all new and returning officials as they prepare for an exciting 2012-13 OHL season!