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St. Albert Referees – Information 2023 - 2024 Season 

 Referee In ChiefJoe Becigneul, (780) 242-0854 e-mail: refinchief@samha.ca or joeb1@shaw.ca 

 Welcome to the 2023- 2024 hockey season. Every new and returning official in Alberta must be registered with the North Region as having completed a re-certification clinic by December 15, 2023. There will be approximately 60 scheduled clinics in the North Zone this season over 12 different weekends starting in September 2023. The clinics for New and Returning Officials in St. Albert is Scheduled for September 23, 2023. 


The requirements to attend all clinics are listed below. All clinics have on-line pre-registration for attendance. As space fills quickly, it is suggested that you contact the listed clinic contact person as soon as possible. The minimum age for new officials is 13 years of age before December 31. 


First Year Officials and officials not registered with Hockey Canada or Hockey Alberta during the 2021 - 2022 season. 


- You must complete the eLearning component from Hockey Canada prior to being eligible to register in a clinic.  Obtain the link for this program from Joe Becigneul, RIC. 


- Attended by officials who will be 13 to 15 years old before Jan 1, 2023 and any level two official and above who does not have continuous service with Hockey Alberta or another branch of Hockey Canada. 

- Also attended by all officials who were not registered in the 2021-2022 season including officials who may have taken a year or two off and did not register last season. 

- The clinic will be 8 hours of classroom and on-ice instruction. 




There is a fee for your instructional clinic. You register on-line for the clinic and pay all of your fees at the same time.  You must complete your elearning to be eligible to register in the classroom. 


The St. Albert clinic for First year officials for 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2022  The times will be between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm inclusive. If you do not attend the full clinic, you will not be able to referee hockey. Rule/casebooks (required) are available for free as a download from the Hockey Canada APP. They no longer sell a printed rulebook. There are other fees to pay as well, such as Hockey Canada Fees, Hockey Alberta Fee, referee level fee (you are a level 1 official if you will NOT be 15 years of age before December 31, 2022. You will not need your full referee gear for this clinic (list of required items in another file). 


The Canadian Hockey Association has a MANDATORY INSURANCE FEE. This fee must be paid, and the only exception will be for officials who will be playing on a CHA / Hockey Alberta registered hockey team, in which case the team will be paying the insurance fees for you from your registration fees as a player. All minor hockey teams fall into this category, however, many old timers, commercial teams and beer league teams do not.

Other requirements for first year officials include: Hockey Alberta sweater crest $8.00; Hockey Canada shoulder patch $2.00. I have a supply of these and they should also be available to you at the clinic. 

You will also need a red armband. These can also be purchased at sporting goods stores that sell referee jerseys. You can buy specific referee jerseys that have Snap-on arm bands or the elastic kind. All supplies you order will be delivered to your classroom. 


There is also a Hockey Alberta Provincial Fee depending on your level. I believe the level 1 fee is $22 and it goes up by $10 with each level. You are level 2 automatically if you are over 15 years of age by December 31, 2022.  There is also a Hockey Canada fee and insurance If you are not a player on a team with your minor hockey association. You pay these fees as part of your registration on-line when you sign up for the clinic. 



If you play hockey on a registered SAMHA team, you do not pay the insurance fee. This fee is covered in your regular hockey registration as a player. This would be one of the Raider Rep Teams or any team in SAMHA that plays in the Federation league. The other fees (provincial and zone admin) are to register you with the North Region Referees Committee, Hockey Alberta Referees and with Hockey Canada, Referees Branch. 



The following individuals are our assignors for the 2022 - 2023 Hockey season: 


Assignor and Categories of Hockey:  

Arron Best - Junior B, C, Raiders Club Hockey (Male) 

   All Female Hockey (U21, U18, U16 AAA, AA 

Glen Sorenson - U15 Federation, U18 Federation 

Shelley Knowlton - U13 AA Hockey 

Nash Knowlton - U13 Federation 

Joe Becigneul - All U9 and U11 Hockey 

Arron Best - RATT (Referee Advanced Technical Training) Program Director, 

Shelley Knowlton - Supervision & Junior Mentorship & Shadow Programs 

Quinn Dunnigan - Development and Supervisions 


Contact Information: 

Telephone Numbers: E-mail: 

Joe Becigneul, RIC Cell (780) 242-0854 refinchief@samha.ca 

Home (780) 460-8710 joeb1@shaw.ca  

Arron Best Cell    (780) 460-2532 meatgoddess@gmail.com 

Glen Sorenson Cell (780) 951-1776  glen.sorenson@epsb.ca 

Shelley Knowlton Cell (780) 918-6139 shelleyknowlton20@gmail.com 

Nash Knowlton Cell (587) 599-8300 NashRefAssignor2022@gmail.com 

Arron Best Cell (780) 460-2532 rattmentor@gmail.com

Shelley Knowlton Cell (780) 918-6139 shelleyknowlton20@gmail.com

Quinn Dunnigan Cell (825) 343-7116 quinn.dunnigan14@gmail.com