Look­ing ahead

Cor­ner Brook’s Ed Flood has his priorities set for first year as ref­eree-in-chief for prov­ince

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Ed Flood is tak­ing part in his first HNL AGM as the newly ap­pointed pro­vin­cial ref­eree-inchief

Ed Flood is get­ting set­tled into his new role as ref­eree-in chief for the prov­ince and he has a num­ber of key is­sues ad­dressed by Hockey New­found­land and Labrador (HNL) to en­sure the game has qual­i­fied of­fi­cials work­ing games at all lev­els.

A Level 5 of­fi­cial who has called games at all lev­els of hockey, Flood has been around the game in a num­ber of ca­pac­i­ties, but this week­end in Gan­der will be his first time at­tend­ing HNL’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

He’s ex­cited about con­tin­u­ing his com­mit­ment to lend a help­ing hand to young of­fi­cials com­ing up through the ranks and he’s learn­ing a thing or two about what con­cerns peo­ple have about of­fi­ci­at­ing, so he’s get­ting com­fort­able with each day as he talks to of­fi­cials about how they can be bet­ter at what they do and how to deal with some of the chal­lenges they will en­counter when they are the ones on the ice with whis­tle in mouth.

“It’s been a real learn­ing curve for me,” Flood said.

The West­ern Star talked to Flood about his goals for his first year in the po­si­tion ear­lier this week.

Here are the five most im­por­tant goals for the new ref­eree-in-chief head­ing into his first sea­son in the vol­un­teer role with Hockey New­found­land and Labrador:

1. The big­gest is­sue is the su­per­vi­sion of of­fi­cials. He spoke with an of­fi­cial last year who never had an eval­u­a­tion done on him in 17 years, and he be­lieves this isn’t good enough. He wants every of­fi­cial on the is­land to have an eval­u­a­tion done at least once a year and that’s what he’s go­ing to be pro­mot­ing to Hockey New­found­land and Labrador.

2. Re­cruit­ment of fe­male of­fi­cials is also high on the pri­or­ity list. The growth of girls’ hockey is ex­po­nen­tial and he doesn’t see why there shouldn’t be some cor­re­la­tion be­tween the num­ber of girls who want to of­fi­ci­ate and the num­ber of girls who want to play.

3. Hav­ing a fe­male of­fi­cial serve an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity on the pro­vin­cial ref­er­ees or­ga­ni­za­tion this sea­son is some­thing that should come to fruition with HNL’s fe­male hockey of­fi­cials play­ing a role in find­ing a per­son to serve on the ex­ec­u­tive board.

4. Ad­dress­ing the se­ri­ous con­cern about abuse of of­fi­cials. Some mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions have poli­cies in place to deal with par­ents, spec­ta­tors or play­ers sub­ject­ing a young of­fi­cial to abuse, but the new ref­eree-in-chief will ask HNL to put to­gether a com­mit­tee through the mi­nor hockey coun­cil to come up with an abuse pol­icy that will see all as­so­ci­a­tions on the same page.

5. Build a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the new su­per­vi­sor of of­fi­cials (Ted Mur­phy of St. John’s) and the seven zone co-or­di­na­tors across the prov­ince in an ef­fort to meet the de­mands of the var­i­ous lev­els of hockey un­der the HNL ban­ner. He hopes to make this hap­pen by cre­at­ing a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing and teach­ing.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Ed Flood has a list of goals to ac­com­plish in his first year as ref­eree-in-chief for Hockey New­found­land and Labrador. The an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of Hockey New­found­land and Labrador is sched­uled for this week­end in Gan­der, and Flood will dis­cuss his ideas with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all lev­els of hockey in the prov­ince.

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