Mov­ing up to QMJHL

Do­iron, Reid to work as li­nes­men for up­com­ing sea­son

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Tan­ner Do­iron and Ryan Reid’s jour­ney to the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League (QMJHL) is not that much dif­fer­ent from play­ers. The only dif­fer­ence is Do­iron and Reid will be part of the third team on the ice. The two Hockey P.E.I. of­fi­cials were re­cently se­lected to work QMJHL games as li­nes­men for the up­com­ing 201819 sea­son. “It’s pretty much the same (process of get­ting se­lected as play­ers),” said the 28-year-old Reid, who lives in West Roy­alty. “I don’t know if I want to say it’s harder, but there are a lot less spots (for of­fi­cials) than there is for play­ers. “Ob­vi­ously, there are a num­ber of teams in the league, and there are only so many spots for of­fi­cials. It feels pretty good to be one of the (of­fi­cials) in At­lantic Canada to get picked.” Do­iron, who turns 19 at the end of July, be­gan of­fi­ci­at­ing at age 12 while still play­ing. “The rea­son I left (play­ing) hockey was I knew I wasn’t go­ing any­where as a player,” said the son of Garth and Lisa Do­iron of Sum­mer­side, who is the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the Sum­mer­side Area Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. “I made so many mem­o­ries, and met so many peo­ple through ex­pe­ri­ences with hockey along the way that I did not want to let it go . ... “I just grew a pas­sion for (of­fi­ci­at­ing), con­tin­ued to meet peo­ple and have op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel. From there, I started do­ing higher lev­els, and en­joyed be­ing on the ice with those kind of play­ers. “This has def­i­nitely been a goal of mine for a while. I’m thrilled and be­yond ex­cited to be given the op­por­tu­nity. I never thought it would come this early, if at all.” There were two rea­sons Reid took up of­fi­ci­at­ing. “I wanted to make a lit­tle bit of

“The rea­son I left (play­ing) hockey was I knew I wasn’t go­ing any­where as a player. I made so many mem­o­ries, and met so many peo­ple through ex­pe­ri­ences with hockey along the way that I did not want to let it go ... I just grew a pas­sion for (of­fi­ci­at­ing), con­tin­ued to meet peo­ple and have op­por­tu­ni­ties to travel. From there, I started do­ing higher lev­els, and en­joyed be­ing on the ice with those kind of play­ers. This has def­i­nitely been a goal of mine for a while. I’m thrilled and be­yond ex­cited to be given the op­por­tu­nity. I never thought it would come this early, if at all.” Tan­ner Do­iron

money and started to en­joy it,” he said. “I stopped play­ing hockey my sec­ond year of ban­tam. “My next door neighbour, Chris Oat­way, used to be a lines­man in the Que­bec league, and he was the one who en­cour­aged me to get into reff­ing.” A grad­u­ate of Three Oaks Se­nior High School in Sum­mer­side, Do­iron ex­plained how dis­cov­er­ing of­fi­cials is sim­i­lar to teams find­ing play­ers. “The di­rec­tor of of­fi­ci­at­ing for the Q, (for­mer NHL ref­eree) Richard Trot­tier, has scouts in ev­ery area,” con­tin­ued Do­iron, who will en­ter his sec­ond year study­ing busi­ness at UPEI in Septem­ber. “They first would have seen me at the At­lantic Chal­lenge Cup (ACC) in Monc­ton a few years ago, and from there they make a list of their prospects in the area. “I went to a few dif­fer­ent things, ACC again and he ended up com­ing to watch me dur­ing a ju­nior A (Western Cap­i­tals) game (in Sum­mer­side dur­ing the 2017-18 cam­paign).”

Ma­jor events

Reid worked two ma­jor events last sea­son – the World Ju­nior A Hockey Chal­lenge in Truro, N.S., and the Univer­sity Cup Canadian men’s hockey cham­pi­onship in Fredericton, N.B. – and was named the 2017-18 re­cip­i­ent of the Aaron Cof­fin Memo­rial Award as Hockey P.E.I.’s of­fi­cial of the year. “The World Ju­nior A Chal­lenge was good for me,” said Reid, who is em­ployed as man­u­fac­tur­ing su­per­vi­sor at BioVec­tra Inc. in Char­lot­te­town. “There were other of­fi­cials from At­lantic Canada there. There were two li­nes­men from the Que­bec league, Matt Hicks and Lo­gan Bunn, and Josh McCor­mack, who is a ref­eree in the Que­bec league. Those guys, just in that tour­na­ment alone, taught me a few point­ers. “Since it was an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment it was hy­brid ic­ing, their face­offs are iden­ti­cal to the Que­bec league, so go­ing into this sea­son I will be more com­fort­able with those key points be­cause I have done it. “With the Univer­sity Cup, there were only three of us who were not work­ing ma­jor ju­nior hockey, and be­ing on the ice with those top of­fi­cials and watch­ing games you learn so much. The su­per­vi­sors were great. (Su­per­vi­sor and for­mer ref­eree) Tim Skinner said some things I have never heard be­fore, and re­ally helped my game.” Both Reid and Do­iron are ex­cited about start­ing the next chap­ter of their of­fi­ci­at­ing ca­reers. “I want to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence, and learn some new things,” said Reid. “Re­ally, the first year I want to get com­fort­able with the league and hope­fully down the road work play­offs. Ob­vi­ously, I know that’s not go­ing to come my first year.” Do­iron has a goal to work hard ev­ery game and work as many games as pos­si­ble. “My goal is to prove I can be in that league and gain some re­spect,” said Do­iron. “Ba­si­cally, I am be­com­ing a rookie again!”

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Tan­ner Do­iron of Sum­mer­side makes a call at the blue-line dur­ing a Sum­mer­side Western Cap­i­tals’ ju­nior A game at East­link Arena last sea­son. Do­iron will be­gin work­ing as a lines­man in the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League next sea­son.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ryan Reid of West Roy­alty will be­gin work­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League games as a lines­man in the 2018-19 sea­son.

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