Refereeing in the GMHL

The new rebel Jr. A league tried to attract all the officials they could find. They had open tryouts for these officials. Yet even that didn’t run smoothly as they had to cancel it the first time because they couldn’t get enough officials. As an official I have never heard about official’s tryouts being cancelled! I guess I am use to organized and well managed leagues. After speaking to some officials, CHNB found that referees who were fired from the GTHL (a minor hockey league!) were hired to work as referees in the GMHL! CHNB also learned that the Referee-in-chief (George Harrison) was fired from the ECHL. He was fired because he went against league policy and refused to leave a bar when one of the teams arrived. Must sure like his alcohol! Marshall Utresky owner of the Toronto Moose stated that he was confident in the officiating staff and they were better than the minor hockey officials he had seen. He then went on to quote that McQuigge was a good official. For those that don’t know McQuigge is an OHL official. I don’t think you will see him refereeing any of you minor league games! Fans on the GMHL forum argue that the refereeing is the weakest part of the new league. The league refuses to list their officials, as they may be removed from refereeing in Hockey Canada! If they were that good they wouldn’t need to worry about not working in the OHA.

Here is a quote by a player on the GMHL Forum regarding the officiating:

Oh forsure! the leauge officials are not doing there duties. Players on the ice are getting away with things that should NEVER happen, and thats probably whats causing all the fighting. I’ve been punched on the bench by players on the ice 4 times this season. Not one call was made. I’ve seen players get slashed and crosschecked in the head, and then a coincidental call is made. I once asked a referee if the winger i was lining up against was allowed to hold me up with his stick the way he was, and he said yes? players are free to hold up other players with there sticks and arms as much as they were before the rule changes. like honestly here, give your head a shake boys, it aint that hard. Stick impedes progress, put ur hand in the air. Free arm impedes progress, put ur hand in the air. If the leauge wants to showcase younger more skilled players, and even skilled players in general, then get rid of the stick work. Something went wrong here, who forget to tell the officials about the new rules?? maybe the leauge should spring for cable t.v. for the boys stripes, let em watch a few NHL games, get an idea of what the new game is supposed to look like.  “




  1. Two officials from the GMHL were invited to the USHL training camp this past summer

    • This is definitely good news for those officials, we hope they excel in their officiating. Canadian Hockey News warns officials wishing to join the GMHL that there are restriction that have been put in place by Hockey Canada and its branches. Contact your local Referee-In-Chief for more information!

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