Wednesday, June 10, 7- 8:30 pm
Ask the Ref!
Ever wonder how someone becomes a ref? What type of training goes into certification? Curious about what referees see in our gameplay? Hear some of the odd, wonderful and yes wild stories from 25 years of officiating as our very own JJ Nakaso answers all our burning questions.
About Joanne “JJ” Nakaso
JJ started playing hockey at 26, having never skated on ice before her first lesson. She skated in the first women-only scrimmage organized by Theresa Green that went on to become the NCWHL.
JJ has been an NCWHL skater, scorekeeper, referee and referee coordinator. She was one of the first women referees for the league. JJ has been an instructor for USAH officiating seminars as well as NCWHL Referee Coordinator from 2003-2015. She currently officiates for NCWHL, NorCal (youth league), and SIAHL (Sharks Ice Adult Hockey League), and has been a mentor for youth officials for the past four seasons.