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Job listing closed on 5 Jan 2024
6 Dec 2023

Off-Ice Official (Part-Time/Seasonal)

🇺🇸 Columbus, OH, USA
Part Time
0+ years exp.
US$27 per hour

Founded in 1917, the National Hockey League (NHL®) is the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. With more than 600 employees across offices in New York, Toronto and Montreal, the NHL is a global sports and entertainment organization committed to building healthy and vibrant communities using the sport of hockey to celebrate fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. At the NHL, we are looking for dynamic, energetic and impactful individuals who are committed to doing the same by sharing in our philosophy that Hockey is for Everyone – and inclusion belongs on the ice, in the locker rooms, boardrooms and stands.

The National Hockey League seeks to hire Off-Ice Officials based in or near Columbus, Ohio. NHL Off-Ice Officials will be assigned to work game days in a variety of roles to support both the home and away teams playing at Nationwide Arena. An effective Off-Ice Official will possess a strong hockey background, deep knowledge of NHL rules, and understand the intensity, competitiveness, and the high skill level of NHL Players.

The core hours of this position are two hours prior to game time until the game is complete, and all game tasks are finalized (approximately 5 hours per shift). The role requires an individual to have the availability to work from September to June primarily nights and weekends and some holidays. Additional hours may be required.

Although duties and responsibilities vary based on the position assigned, in general, an Off-Ice Official is responsible for the collection, accurate recording, and expert interpretation of the game statistics, timing, reviewing and recording game results. The following Off-Ice Officials positions are staffed each game:

  • Game Timekeeper
  • Penalty Timekeeper
  • Commercial Coordinator/Penalty Box Attendant
  • Video Goal Judge
  • In Arena League Spotter
  • Official Scorer
  • Scoring System computer operators

Some but not all duties of the Off-Ice Officials include:

  • Timing the game from stoppage to stoppage. Resetting the clock when necessary. Monitor proper clock function. Timing of intermissions and of both official and commercial time-outs.
  • Timing of all penalties assessed by the On-Ice Officials, ensuring that penalties are recorded accurately in the NHL records. Ensuring players are released at the appropriate times from the penalty box. Assisting the On-Ice Officials with determining the on-ice strength when multiple penalties are assessed, upon request.
  • Managing the penalty box area in conjunction with the Penalty Timekeeper. Releasing players at the appropriate time at the expiration of their penalties. Replacing game pucks when they leave the ice surface and/or at other times per League guidelines. Maintaining a backup stopwatch for the game clock. Monitoring the video replay headset for all video reviews and/or coach’s challenge required and/or game clock adjustments.
  • Managing the television commercial time-outs based on established League guidelines. Communicating with the broadcasters, the On-Ice Officials and fellow Off-Ice Officials when commercial time-outs are upcoming and when they are about to be completed.
  • Illuminating the red light when the Referee signals that a goal has been scored.
  • Making the official decision on all goals, including the goal scorer and those worthy of receiving an assist. Reporting this information to Off-Ice Official responsible for entering information into the scoring system and to the Public Address Announcer. Reviewing all scoring plays on video to ensure accuracy.
  • Accurately interpreting the events of the game and recording them in the League scoring system, including hits, shots, missed shots, blocked shots, giveaways, takeaways, goals and assists, penalties, stoppages, and other required game events.
  • Verbalizing events so that nothing gets missed by those entering them into the scoring system computers. Reviewing events on video to verify decisions or to make changes for accuracy.
  • Reviewing all close plays at the net and communicating effectively with the technician, the On-Ice Officials and the NHL Situation Room to accurately determine the legitimacy of all goals and potential goals.


  • The qualified applicant will have successfully completed a post-secondary education and have significant hockey knowledge, preferably as an On-Ice or Off-Ice Official, player, or coach, either at the Professional, Major Junior, College or Minor Professional level.
  • They will have significant understanding of scoring systems used in professional sports leagues and an excellent understanding of the NHL playing rules.
  • The ideal candidate will have strong computer skills, including but not limited to MS WORD, EXCEL and POWERPOINT.
  • Current understanding of the NHL Hockey Information and Tracking System used for scoring and recording statistics (or the ability to learn the system) is a must.
  • Should have the ability to read, interpret and understand the playing rules, bulletins, policies and procedures as distributed by the NHL, as well as be able to operate video review equipment, communication equipmen, and other technology introduced by the league to effectively officiate the game.
  • Successful candidate must be able to work effectively within a high pressure, time sensitive environment with extreme focus and concentration.
  • They should also exhibit strong organizational and time management skills, strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and must be able to work effectively in a team environment.
  • The ability to demonstrate a calm demeanor, discretion and professionalism always, and especially in potentially emotional situations is critical in this role.


Hourly rate for this role is $27/hour

Actual base pay for a successful candidate will be determined based on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to: experience/training, market demands, and geographic location.

When applying, please be sure to include a cover letter with your salary expectations for this role. We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity, however only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. NO EMAILS OR PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.