Hockey Manitoba has created the #ThankTheStripes initiative this season in an effort to recognize, acknowledge and show support to our 1,600+ on-ice officials from across the province. December 8-10, 2017 has been identified as the weekend to promote this initiative, and we are asking leagues, associations and members to actively get engaged.
Without our on-ice officials, quite simply, we do not have a game. Officials at all ages and levels of hockey work tirelessly to ensure that our game is safe, fair and played within the rules. Let's come together to show our appreciation for everything they do!
Here's how you can get involved on December 8-10:
- Identification of Regional Award Winners for Most Promising, Most Deserving and Most Improved Officials
- Identification of Hockey Canada Award Winners for Most Promising, Most Deserving and Most Improved Officials
- Recognition of NHL Officials from Manitoba
- Recognition of officials who attended national/international championships
- Collection of award recipient pictures and information at hockeymanitoba.ca
- Development of PSAs, media announcements, social media
- Draw for all officials; tickets to Jets and Moose games (TBC)
- Provide free drinks/snacks provided in ref room during games
- Provide free skate sharpening for officials
- Provide free coffee/hot chocolate or other items at arena canteen for officials
- Announce PSAs provided by Hockey Manitoba before/during each game
- Announce officials by name and ask for applause at the start of each game
- Special presentations or awards for local officials before games
- Take pictures and post messages on social media using #ThankTheStripes
- Use social media to post messages and pictures, always using #ThankTheStripes
- Be extra supportive to all officials and do a "good deed"
- Think outside the box, "how can YOU #ThankTheStripes"
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (PSA)
We're encouraging all clubs, associations and leagues to use the following PSAs during all games on the December 8-10, 2017 weekend. Feel free to create additional messages of your own as well!
HOCKEY CANADA AMBASSADOR AWARD WINNER - ELEANOR MUIR (RUSSELL, MB)