Wednesday, November 13, 2013
BC Hockey official Trent Knorr (Powell River) will be working his first National Hockey League (NHL) game tonight as the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The game will be broadcast live on TSN at 4:30pm PST.
Knorr grew up playing hockey with the Powell River Minor Hockey Association and later moved to Victoria to play in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) for the Victoria Cougars. “I started officiating when I was 12 upon my parents’ suggestion as a good way to learn the rules,” Trent commented. “If I learned the rules then maybe I would stop getting so angry at the refs. It back fired though as I turned into a know-it-all.”
He broke into Junior and professional hockey while still playing with the Cougars. At the age of 17, Knorr was working the lines for the ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings games where he progressed quickly and was soon working the Royal Bank Cup. He followed that up with being selected to line the 2010 Memorial Cup. After reaching this major milestone at age 23, Knorr decided to make the switch to wearing the bands and become a Referee at the Major Junior level with the Western Hockey League (WHL). In addition, he has taught at several BC Hockey Summer Officiating Schools and is currently a supervisor on Vancouver Island in the above minor officiating program. The week he spent as an instructor with the 2013 BC Hockey OPoE class this past July was also much appreciated.
“The phone call was very surreal to say the least,” as Trent describes the call he received from then NHL director of officiating, Terry Gregson. “I remember when I got the phone call from Terry, I was shocked and it felt like everything was a blur. It’s something you have dreamed and hoped to achieve for so long and then to finally get that call was nothing short of amazing.”
In one (1) and a half seasons since that call, Knorr has been working really hard on and off the ice towards his goal of calling his first NHL game. He will be working his first game with veteran NHL referee Dan O’Halloran and veteran linesmen Scott Driscoll and Mike Cvik.
Trent said his advice to young officials is “to strive to achieve your goals. Control the things you can control and the rest will follow.”