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Take it Easy on the Refs! asks OMHA
Submitted By jbrock on Tue 02 09, 16
As we move forward into playoffs and playdowns, OMHA reminds us that all on-ice officials are doing their best to ensure fair and safe play. 

We often forget that hockey is just a game. A game played by thousands of kids across Ontario. Playing the game they have grown up to love since they could strap on a pair of skates. They play the game with heart, passion, desire and most importantly, for fun.  

But what happens when the most important attribute, fun, gets displaced by winning at all costs? Oftentimes, players, coaches and parents take our great game in the wrong direction. When the game on the ice gets too competitive and the intensity gets raised, the first people to feel the brunt of that excitement are usually the referees.  

The 5,000 OMHA officials referee because they love the game of hockey and want to give back to the community that provided them with the opportunity to play the game they grew up loving when they were kids.

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