There have been some hiccups, including a tripping penalty Brayden accidentally called on the wrong team. On another occasion, he put his arm up to call a hooking penalty, then immediately lowered it before the call could be recognized. But the veteran officials working with him were patient, and Brayden has been quick to learn from his mistakes.
“Toward the end of the year when I’ve done a few more games, I’ll be more comfortable making those calls,” he said.
Todd sees an opportunity to further recruit officials, especially at Brayden’s age level.
“I believe if you present this to 10- and 11-year-old kids, you’re going to get more takers,” Todd said. “That’s more officials that you didn’t have. I try and mention it to parents and say how you go about doing it.”
So does Brayden, who has convinced several of his friends to give officiating a try. His first few games have been at the house league level, but he hopes to start officiating travel games in the near future. He also wants other kids to be inspired by his example.
“If they like hockey, they’ll definitely enjoy it,” Brayden said. “It’ll change their perspective of the game.”
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