Williams Lake minor hockey player Benn Taylor (left)

Williams Lake minor hockey player Benn Taylor (left)

Taylor seeing both sides of the game

A Williams Lake minor hockey player is seeing the game through new lenses.

A Williams Lake minor hockey player is seeing the game through new lenses.

Benn Taylor, a team member and captain with the Williams Lake Midget Rep Timberwolves, has been a BC Hockey official for the past two years and is making the most of it.

“I started reffing when I was a second-year peewee player,” Taylor said. “I’m just kind of going with it and I’ll see what happens — see where it can take me and keep my options going.”

The Officiating Program, a part of BC Hockey, is structured by levels with level one — for officials aged 12 to 15 — being the launching pad.

“Every year there’s a clinic and you’ve got to go do a test,” Taylor said.

“Once you turn 16 you have to do level two and you need to get 70 per cent on the exam to qualify.”

Being a level two referee has qualified Taylor to officiate competitive minor hockey — even games in his own league.

In November the Timberwolves and Taylor travelled to Quesnel for the Quesnel Midget Rep Tournament.

The head official for the area knew Taylor was coming to play in the tournament, so, he asked him to bring his referee gear.

“It was weird. We played Terrace on the Saturday morning and I was reffing their game the night before so I was kind of scouting them out,” Taylor joked.

“Then I lined with the Prince George team that we have to play at provincials and I knew one of the kids on their team — he did a double take when he saw me out there. It was different.”

Earlier in the year Taylor was asked to help line the 100 Mile Wranglers’ Junior B spring camp.

“That level of play was good [to officiate],” he said. “It was faster, bigger guys. It’s all experience.”

Based on his performance at the Quesnel Midget Rep Tournament Taylor was recommended by the regional referee in chief to take his level three officiating course next year, which will qualify him to officiate minor hockey playoffs.

Taylor said aside from making a little cash, it’s a great way to get some exercise.

“I do it to keep in shape mostly,” he said. “You’re up and down, up and down the ice, and if it’s a good game I’ll be as sweaty as the players.”

For more on BC Hockey’s Officiating Program visit www.bchockey.net/Officiating/GettingStarted.aspx.


Just Posted

Williams Lake courthouse. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Preliminary inquiry gets underway May 17 into 2018 murder north of Williams Lake

Wyatt Lee Boffa, Daine Victor Stump are charged with first degree murder

Talia McKay of Williams Lake is a burn survivor who remains grateful for the support she received from the Burn Fund (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
’You have to allow yourself the grace to heal’: B.C. burn survivor reflects on her recovery

Learning how to stand straight and walk again was a feat said Williams Lake resident Talia McKay

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Worth taking another look at hemp for paper production

Ninety years after being deemed illegal, few are afraid of marijauna

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
RANCH MUSINGS: Milking cows and strangers on the premises

Cows in a milking barn may get upset if a stranger comes

Lake City Secondary School Grade 12 students Haroop Sandhu, from left, Amrit Binning and Cleary Manning are members of the school’s horticulture club. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
LCSS horticulture club a growing success

Aspiring gardeners at a Williams Lake secondary school are earning scholarship dollars… Continue reading

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Poached trees that were taken recently on Vancouver Island in the Mount Prevost area near Cowichan, B.C. are shown on Sunday, May 10, 2021. Big trees, small trees, dead trees, softwoods and hardwoods have all become valuable targets of tree poachers in British Columbia as timber prices hit record levels. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne.
Tree poaching from public forests increasing in B.C. as lumber hits record prices

Prices for B.C. softwood lumber reached $1,600 for 1,000 board feet compared with about $300 a year ago

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

Most Read