I'm in Toronto, Canada but other refs in the US and Europe's wisdom welcome as well. The first part is kind of Canada related maybe. I'm 23, I've played hockey competitively in single and AA minor hockey as a youth, but mainly just play beer league and intramural/pick up these days. Anyways, I'm kind of hockey obsessed. I randomly woke up this morning, and decided I want to try officiating this year. Either the "main ref" or linesman. Not sure how that works?* It seems like a cool job if you like the game, stay in shape, make a few bucks... I could take the verbal abuse too I believe (if it comes). but I have a few question for former or current hockey referees here or anyone that might be in the know. I've looked into ref schools in the T.O. area and have found: http://www.gthlcanada.com/content/?page=Refs Crease and http://www.refschool.com/ I think both seem legit, recognized by Hockey Canada/Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) 1) You can only graduate 1 HCOP Level per year, correct? Does that mean you'd start with little kids in house league? What's the highest level you could ref with a Level 1? my 2nd question is a bit of a curveball... I'm 5'7"-8" 150+lbs, looking to gain some muscle weight. I'm like Gionta but not. 2) Because of my size, I don't think I'd ever get too far in this career. Am I right in assuming that? - It's more of a passion anyways with some possible pocket change and a way to stay in shape. How much is the pay for little kid house league games? How many games a week can you get? 3) I have a disability. Nothing huge but significant enough maybe. While I can play hockey, and skate with the best of them, possibly better than some pros, I suffered a hockey injury when I was younger which resulted in me losing some if not most of my right hand fine motor skills. but at the same time I can grip, shoot a wrist shot, stick handle, etc. I write with different hand movements - but can. I cannot hold 1 finger up at a time individually due to this injury and surgery. couple questions in regard to this: 1) Must you raise your right arm/hand when calling an offside or penalty? I can, but my fingers kind of bend/curve so I can't really point skywards flatly with my palm, but you'd still be able to tell I was raising my right arm and hand... is the left arm/hand allowed? 2) When throwing a puck down in the faceoff zone, must the puck hit the ice flatly? Is it allowed to bounce/flip around after doing so? I could do this but just wondering. 3) What issues could you see my weird hand causing? Signals - which? Displaying the number of penalty minutes on your hand? Keep in mind my left hand is fine, I can display 1-2-3-4-5 fingers at a time on that hand no problem... and can display all 5 on the right at once - if I were to signal a 10 minute misconduct or something. I think those are all my basic questions and concerns for now. Thanks for any info from all. Cheers.