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BCHL to attend NHL Officiating Combine Aug. 17 to 20

The NHL is holding its annual Exposure Combine for officials from Aug. 17 to 20 in Buffalo, N.Y. and the BC Hockey League will be well represented. Brad Lazarowich, the league’s Vice President of Hockey Operations and former 30-year NHL official, will be in attendance, as will four BCHL officials who worked in the league […]

BCHL announces officiating staff for 2023-24 season

The BC Hockey League (BCHL) has announced its officiating staff for the 2023-24 season. This year’s staff will consist of five officiating managers, 26 referees and 24 linespeople. This is in addition to the four officiating development coaches and mentors announced last week. The officiating staff was selected by BCHL Vice President of Hockey Operations […]

BCHL introduces year-end officiating All-Star Team

The BCHL has introduced a set of year-end awards for officials, starting in 2023-24. At the conclusion of the season, the league will announce an Officiating All-Star Team made up of two referees and two linespeople. The award will be voted on by a panel of officiating coaches involved with the BCHL. “This initiative gives […]

BCHL announces officiating development coaches and mentors for 2023-24

The BC Hockey League announced today that current NHL referee Kelly Sutherland, former NHL officials Shane Heyer and Jay Sharrers, as well as Big Ten (NCAA) Coordinator of Officials Steve Piotrowski have signed on as development coaches and mentors for the BCHL’s Officiating Program in 2023-24. The group will work directly with BCHL officials, either […]

BCHL set to launch video review pilot project at 2022 Showcase

The BC Hockey League Board of Governors has approved a pilot project to expand video review at the 2022 Showcase event Oct. 17 to 20 in Chilliwack. Through the use of the Sporfie video system, officials will be able to review all penalties where a player would be ejected from the game, except for Abuse […]

BCHL 2022 Annual General Meeting recap (Part 2)

The BC Hockey League held its Annual General Meeting May 26 and 27 in Salmon Arm, B.C. The league’s Governors discussed and approved several initiatives regarding officiating, scheduling and a wide variety of other topics. Officiating Development Program The Board of Governors approved the creation of a BCHL Officiating Development Program. The stated goal of […]

BCHL Podcast: Mar. 25 (Brad Lazarowich, Jordan Naylor & Nick Granowicz)

Photo credits: Garrett James Photography (Naylor), Michigan Photography (Granowicz) On this week’s episode of the BCHL Podcast, we talk to BCHL Director of Officiating and former NHL official Brad Lazarowich (1:50) to go over on-ice return-to-play protocols as well as his 30-year career in the NHL. After that, we are joined by Nanaimo Clippers goalie […]

BCHL approves several new initiatives and protocols after AGM (Part 1)

Photo credit: Garrett James Photography The BCHL held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) over a series of video conference calls over the last month and the league’s Board of Governors has approved several new initiatives and protocols for the 2020-21 season. In Part 1 of our two-part segment, we will discuss those changes related to […]