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Don Koharski was an NHL official for 32 years and has officiated in 1,882 regular season games (referee and linesman) 262 playoff games and 11 Stanley Cup Finals games. He entered the league in 1977 and worked 163 NHL games as a linesman before becoming a referee. His first game as a referee was Nov. 21, 1981. Since retiring from the ice in 2009, Don continues to work with the NHL as an Officiating Manager with the NHL.
“Koho has had an outstanding career as an NHL referee which spanned an impressive 28 plus seasons. The respect he has garnered is reflected in his relationships with players, coaches and teammates,” NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom told NHL.com. “His love of playing hockey led him to officiating, which he turned into a Hall of Fame career, much to the benefit of our team.”
The development of officials is taken very seriously at our camps and for that reason we are committed to continually improve our on-ice and classroom sessions. Our staff consists of the very best of amateur and professional officials who share their experiences both on and off the ice and work hard to provide you with the very best of on-ice instruction. We take great pride in providing students interactive classroom sessions which can be put into practice on the ice.
Our camps are open to males and females, minimum age 13 at time of camp. Past camp participants ranged in age from 13 to 57 with experiences ranging from none to all the way up to many years at level 6. Whether your goal is to get into the professional ranks, JR. hockey or move up to the Pee Wee level, our camps are designed to provide you with the necessary tools needed to enhance your officiating skills or simply just get you started in officiating.
I would like to thank our many sponsors for their generous support and commitment over the years as their involvement has better enabled us to provide you with this weekend experience. We do ask that you visit our sponsor page and support those who support you.
As we near the end of this hockey season, I ask you to continue to bring positive energy and effort to your game……..Vow to Wow!
Don Koharski Officiating and Development Referee Camp Features:
- Pay in full before May 1st and your name will go into draw for prize of full refund
- 9+ hours of instructional ice time
- 6+ hours of interactive classroom instruction with more videos on topics such as positioning, game management and the art of secondary awareness
- Two on-ice evaluations
- Learn from the very best of instructors from the NHL and minor pro leagues. Meet your JR instructors, former students of the camp who went on to work QMJHL, OHA, OHL.
- Special Guests
- Camp Photo
- Our meal plan
- Great opportunity to showcase your skills in front of league reps at the amateur and professional levels
- Saturday catered dinner, entertainment and award night
- Daily draw prize
The following is to be used as a guide ONLY so you have an idea of the hours you will be spending at the camp. A detailed weekend schedule will be emailed to all registered officials a week before the camp.
Friday: 3pm – 8pm (pizza and refreshments)
Saturday: 8am – 7pm (lunch, catered dinner and refreshments)
Sunday: 8am – 5pm (lunch and refreshments)
Bob Morley – Director of Officiating, Ontario Hockey Association
“No matter what your interests are in Officiating Hockey, and where you want to go with it, it all starts at the “grass roots” level, and nobody understands that better than Don, his Staff, and his Instructors. The Camp’s attention to detail, personal interaction with the attendees, and on ice instruction, makes the Koharski Camp the OHA’s number one recruiting venue in Ontario. Simply put – they get it !”
Larry “Magic” Christian – QMHJL Supervisor of Officials / Atlantic Director of Development
“I have been involved with Don’s development camps since day one. I am proud to say that numerous prospects from these camps are now on our staff as both Referee’s and linesman. (some now in the NHL) It is a great venue for the Q to see potential candidates for the near future and beyond. We have staff members now that we have been tracking through this camp as young as 16 and have hired as young as 18. This camp is a valuable tool for all officials to learn from some of the best officias in the world. It’s great to be part of this family each year.”
“The Don Koharski Officiating and Development Camps provides excellence in learning the craft of officiating. Whether you are a novice official, just getting started or a seasoned veteran, these camps have something for everyone. The camp instructors are there for the right reasons. They want to share their vast officiating knowledge to help improve the skills of each and every member that attends the camp. Any official interested in learning in a positive environment should take the opportunity to experience the “best” officiating school in Canada.”