New for the 2022-23 season, there is a change in how the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association (MHOA) collects registration fees. Rather than submitting the fee in conjunction with your USA Hockey registration, your fee will be submitted directly to MHOA using this registration.
All officials that officiate Minnesota Hockey games are required by Minnesota Hockey bylaws to be registered members of MHOA. MHOA uses membership fees to fund development camps, subsidize Minnesota Hockey State Tournament officials’ expenses, create scholarships, and evaluate/mentor officials.
For the 2022-23 season, all officials age 17 or older will have a fee of $12. Officials age 16 and under will be able to register at no cost.
The 4th Annual MHOA Scholarship Golf Tournament, supporting officials in their education and development was held this summer. Congratulations to our winners Robert Erickson, Josh Swanson, McKenzie Swenson, and Paul Nelson.
From left to right: Robert Erickson, Josh Swanson, McKenzie Swenson, and Paul Nelson
MHOA will be having its spring board meeting on Sunday, June 13th at the Rogers Activity Center/Hockey Arena in the upstairs meeting room starting at 10:00 am and adjourning around 2:00 pm. Due to continued COVID restrictions, we are limiting the meeting to current board members.
Please contact Brian Thul, MHOA Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
The Minnesota Hockey Officials Association Fall 2020 board meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, September 20 at 7:00pm. If you would like to attend, please email Brian Thul at email@example.com.
The MHOA board of directors has approved a plan for officials to remain as safe as possible throughout the 2020-2021 season, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. All officials are expected read this document thoroughly and to follow these guidelines throughout the season.
The 3rd Annual MHOA Scholarship Golf Tournament, supporting officials in their education and development was held at Madden's in Brainerd, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, we had repeat champions! Congrats to Al Zutz, Steve Dowling, Andy Dokken, and Glenn Hagberg
From left to right: Al Zutz, Steve Dowling, Andy Dokken, and Glenn Hagberg
The Spring/Summer meeting for Minnesota Hockey Officials Association will be held virtually this year on Thursday, July 9th, at 7:00pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Brian Thul (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an access code.
Each year, the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association offers scholarship awards to hockey officials in Minnesota who will be graduating high school. These scholarships are one-time awards that do not need to be repaid and may be used toward education at any post-high school institution. The Minnesota Hockey Officials Association will offer scholarships for registered officials.
For more information, see the announcement letter and application below.
The president of USA Hockey, Jim Smith, has issued a directive, effective immediately, that all racial or derogatory slurs that are penalized under rule 601 (e.3) must carry an automatic match penalty instead of the game misconduct penalty originally specified in the rulebook.
Match penalties also include a 5 minute major component to them. Officials, this means that any player now penalized under this rule will be ejected from the game and another player must sit for 5 minutes to serve the aforementioned major component of the match penalty.
Please review the full letter from Mr. Smith below.
This year, USA Hockey has published a Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play, and Respect. It is expected that all officials read, understand, and abide by this declaration. To that end, a video has been created that discusses the declaration and how you, as an official, can help ensure Minnesota Hockey's compliance with this, as well as enforcement of all rules highlighted in this document.
Also attached is an example video of acceptable vs unacceptable body checks.
Please keep these items in mind as you officiate games for Minnesota Hockey during the 2019-2020 season and beyond.
Registration for Officials is now open for the 2020-2021 season. Please login to your USA Hockey profile at https://courses.usahockey.com/public/ to register for a seminar.
It'll keep you warm even when eating ice cream in November!
MHOA has launched a new apparel website:https://stores.inksoft.com/MHOA
Check it out for a large selection of hats, shirts, vests, and other apparel for representing Minnesota Hockey Officials Association off the ice.
Help officials become the best they can be. Contributions will always be welcomed to this cause. Make any contibution you can and mail it to:
14698 DOMINICA CT
Apple Valley MN 55124
The Fund is growing and helping Minnesota officials needing financial support to be a better official.