Wild host referee clinic to train up next generation of hockey officials

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The Minnesota Wild hosted an event Sunday to prepare the hockey referees of the future.

Those who attended the first-year youth hockey referee clinic at Xcel Energy Center had a chance to complete the seminar requirement for their Level 1 certification, get on the ice for practice and participate in a Q&A session with NHL officials.

“Our goal is really to get these kids to want to be officials, to want to eventually give back to the game, probably make some money — and especially as they move on to college, they got an awesome part-time job waiting for them as well,” said Mark Verplaetse, seminar coordinator for the Minnesota Hockey Officials Association.

Later, the referees-in-training earned free admission to the Wild’s first preseason game Sunday afternoon against the Colorado Avalanche.