Referees get game passes

Passes to a Kelowna Rockets game and a chance to meet regular WJHL referees for a Q & A session was on tap for two local kids.

This group of young BC Hockey officials were selected to take part in the WHL Officiating Nights program at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Two local officials from the Boundary Minor Hockey Association were there – Kari Durban stands in the foreground on the right; immediately behind her is Sheinah Bosovich.

This group of young BC Hockey officials were selected to take part in the WHL Officiating Nights program at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Two local officials from the Boundary Minor Hockey Association were there – Kari Durban stands in the foreground on the right; immediately behind her is Sheinah Bosovich.

For the past couple of years the Boundary Minor Hockey Association has had to scramble to fill the referee slots at the beginning of the season. Among those who have stepped up to help make sure the game goes on are Sheinah Bosovich and Kari Durban. The pair was selected to attend a Kelowna Rockets Western Hockey League (WHJ) game on Saturday, Jan. 7 when the Rockets hosted the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Western Hockey League Officiating Nights is a program under which young BC Hockey officials, aged 12 – 20, can apply to attend a WHL game as part of the “WHL Officiating Experience” contest.

They received their admission and met with the game officials for a pregame question and answer period that provided them a behind-the-scenes look into what it is like at the Major Junior

Hockey level.As a special bonus they got to meet Madison Bowey, one of Team Canada’s players on gold medal world junior’s team this year.

As well, Bosovich was one of four of young officials selected to dress in their full gear and join the game officials for a pre-game lap of the ice and stand with them during the national anthem.

“My favourite part was getting to meet the officials and them giving us advice,” Bosovich said, “and getting to talk to Madison Bowey.”