Getting the call

Katie Brickman
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Myers refereeing Telus Cup in hometown

After 18 seasons, Derrek Myers got the call he was hoping for.

Derrek Myers, a Moose Jaw referee, centre, calls a head contact penalty on Louis Di Matteo of the Toronto Young Nationals during Telus Cup action at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald by Katie Brickman

Myers is a Moose Jaw referee and is just one of seven referees working the Telus Cup tournament this week at Mosaic Place.

“It has been awesome,” said Myers. “It was a goal that I set at the beginning of the year.”

Myers began refereeing at the age of 12 and now, at 29 years old with a wife and two kids, he is enjoying the stage of the national midget AAA championship.

“With a big tournament like this coming to Moose Jaw and to be chosen to do it in my hometown is awesome,” said Myers.

Myers and the other officials got the call at the end of March by Hockey Canada to represent at the tournament.

He was also selected to referee Game 3 of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League final between the Battleford Stars and Notre Dame Argos.

“They have been watching. We have a bunch of supervisors that go out and watch you all year and judge us,” explained Myers. “They travel around and watch all the guys throughout Saskatchewan.”

Although Myers has gotten used to having supervisors around watching him during games, at first, it was a little nerve-racking.

“I’ve been used to it because it is something they have been doing it for years. They come out and supervise every year,” said Myers. “At first, when I was younger and I first started working these leagues, I would get a little nervous when they would come to watch, but now it is normal.”

Myers was able to work the opening game between the Halifax McDonald’s and Moose Jaw Generals on Monday night and that was special for him, just like it was for the players.

“It was pretty awesome to be out there and to be able to experience that,” he said. “I had my family and my two little girls watching me. They were even excited on the weekend and kept asking ‘Daddy, can we come watch you ref?’”

As much pressure is on these players from all the teams to win the Telus Cup, there is some more added pressure on Myers and his crew to officiate the games.

“I just want to make sure that I don’t screw up in front of everyone and look stupid,” he said. “I take pride in what I do and try to do the best job.”

After accomplishing this goal, Myers does have a few more he would like to reach, but knows it could be difficult to reach a higher level.

“I have been trying to get there as a ref, but I’m not sure,” he said. “There are a lot of younger guys than me coming up and a lot of talent out there.”

There are three refs from Saskatoon, two from Regina and another from Prince Albert. There are two linesmen from Regina, four from Saskatoon and one from Weyburn at this tournament.

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