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Minnesota Hockey Officials Association

Directive on Hateful Speech

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 not 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.

Declaration of Player Safety

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.

Second Annual MHOA Golf Tournament Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Second Annual MHOA Golf Tournament:

  • Andy Dokken
  • Al Zutz
  • Steve Dowling
  • Glenn Hagberg

Registration now open for 2019-2020

Registration for Officials is now open for the 2019-2020 season. Please login to your USA Hockey profile at to register for a seminar.

Get your MHOA gear here!

MHOA Apparel Demonstration

It'll keep you warm even when eating ice cream in November!

MHOA has launched a new apparel website:

Check it out for a large selection of hats, shirts, vests, and other apparel for representing Minnesota Hockey Officials Association off the ice.

Officials News

Remember the Leslie Fund!

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:

"Leslie Fund" 

Dave Kemp


Apple Valley MN 55124

The Fund is growing and helping Minnesota officials needing financial support to be a better official.