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FREE Coaching Day


Jumpstart Community Coaches Day

Spend a day at Canada's largest sport coaching conference for FREE

Instructional Stream Clinics


HEO's FREE instrutional stream clinic series is back for 2018-19. Check out the schedule and register soon as they fill up quickly.

Membership Services Coordinator


Hockey Eastern Ontario is currently seeking a Membership Services Coordinator.
Send cover letter and resume to HEO Executive Director, Debbie Rambeau at drambeau@hockeyeasternontario.ca by 5pm Tuesday August 28th, 2018

Hockey Analytics Conference


The 4th Annual Hockey Analytics Conference will be held at Carleton University Sept 14-15.
HEO Coaches attending recieve Certification Maintenance points.

U16 POE Coaching Apps Now Open


We are now asccepting applications for coaching staff positions for the 2018-19 U16 Program of Excellence.

CCHL September Showcase


The CCHL presents the 18th Annual League Opening Showcase at the Bell SensPlex

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Officiating Mandate

The Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) officiating program is a member partner of the Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP). The two major objectives of Hockey Canada are to:

  • Foster and encourage the sport of amateur hockey throughout Canada
  • Foster and encourage leadership programs in all areas related to the development of hockey in Canada

The HEO Officiating Program meets these objectives to promote safe, fair and fun hockey at all age and skill levels. The HEO Officiating Program operates several development programs, such as our certification clinics, a supervision program, a mentorship program, and other special events in order to meet these goals.


Officiating Structure

Ultimately, all levels of amateur hockey in Eastern Ontario fall under the jurisdiction of HEO, the local branch of Hockey Canada. HEO then delegates most of the responsibility for minor hockey programs to the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (HEO Minor). HEO and HEO Minor have separate officiating programs, but work together to provide development opportunities for officials at all levels.

The HEO Officiating Program falls under the responsibility of the Branch elected Referee-In-Chief (VP of Rules and Officials) and is responsible for officiating at the following levels:

  • Junior A,B,C hockey
  • Senior hockey (though there are currently no franchises at this level)
  • CIS (University)
  • Inter-branch tournaments and assignments

The HEO Minor Officiating Program falls under the responsibility of the appointed HEO Minor Referee-In-Chief and is responsible for officiating at the following levels:

  • Competitive Minor hockey (including AAA, AA, A and B)
  • House League hockey (all levels)

The HEO Minor is divided into several smaller geographical districts. Each district has a Referee-In-Chief (RIC), who administers the officiating program in that area. Most districts are then further divided into associations, each with its own RIC. An HEO Minor Referee-in-Chief is appointed annually to act as a liaison between the HEO Minor, the different leagues, HEO, Hockey Canada, and the district RIC’s. An HEO Referee-In-Chief is elected every second year and is expected to oversee the officiating program across the entire branch.


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