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We have over 100 people in our department between NHL Officials and Officiating Managers,
Manager of Officiating
National Hockey League (NHL)
I find I have typical months as opposed to days as it depends what portion of the season we are in.
The NHL Exposure Combine was designed not only for those who have officiating experience and are trying to make it to the next level but also for individuals who have played at a high-level and are coming to the end of their playing career and are looking for ways to stay involved in the game.
The Combine is run over 3 days, and includes on- and off-ice testing, classroom sessions, and shortened hockey games so everyone has 4-5 chances to officiate over the course of the camp.
We bring in our NHL Scouting and Development Managers as well as representatives from other leagues. This allows not only our league, but other leagues below us to scout new talent, and fill gaps for the upcoming season.
The hope is that everyone who attends will continue to officiate and build up their resumes, and for those individuals who choose not to, we are just happy they came out and tried it.
For everyone else, we try to place them in different leagues depending on where they live and give them that experience. For others with experience, it allows us to take a closer look at them and monitor development.
I have been lucky enough to be welcomed into the officiating family with open arms. We have over 100 people in our department between NHL Officials and Officiating Managers, so I interact with some more than others but have a very good relationship with everyone.
Day-to-day interactions are mainly with my boss and 1-2 of the managers as we try to plan out what is coming up in the season.
I have been fortunate enough to have had some amazing female role models over the years who have really helped me shape my career. They encouraged me to never give up and were always happy to introduce me to someone else or give great advice on next steps. I also knew it was important to always remain relevant, so would often follow up with people/organizations I had volunteered with roughly 3-4 times a year.
My sports career started in Grade 9 when I joined the Athletic Council. It began as a way to get out of class to be a scorekeeper for men’s volleyball and basketball. I quickly realized however that this is what I wanted to do for a career.
By grade 12, I was the Co-President of Athletic Council and was determined to continue working in sports when I got to university. In my 4 years of university, I managed the Men’s Hockey team for 3 years, and the Women’s Hockey team for 1. I also co-founded an on-campus spirit group that would help support and promote Varsity Athletics.
After graduation, I volunteered with the Kitchener Rangers, Honda Indy and worked for the Toronto Blue Jays (Jr. Jay Saturday’s) before landing an Internship with the NHL. After a 4-month internship, I applied for a Sports Management program.
It was after this program and an internship with Tennis Canada that I finally landed a full-time job with the NHL.
So, my advice to anyone out there: never give up and take advantage of every opportunity, you never know where it will lead you!
For me, volunteering began as an opportunity to gain experience and build my resume. I meet so many wonderful people through doing this, many of which I am able to work with at multiple events. I also learn a lot from volunteering: what worked, what didn’t and how things could be improved for the next one.
I really enjoy taking after an event, as it is always my hope to run an event one day and these tips would help during the planning process. It is the combination of the amazing people I get to meet and the takeaways that keep me looking for new opportunities.
I still believe there is more to learn, which keeps me going back even now. It is also nice to pass it forward and help those who are trying to pave their path in sports, as so many are responsible for my successes.
Taryn Daneman has banked incredible and plentiful sport experiences on her path to becoming the Manager of Officiating for the NHL. From volunteering with the Invictus Games, the FIBA Americas, the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, Tennis Canda and a plethora of other events, Taryn has done pretty much done it all. Yet, throughout her career, there is still one event that she looks forward to every year: the NHL Exposure Combine. Over the years, Taryn has had the ability to execute her vision and improve the combine along the way. Becoming an NHL official is a tough task but Taryn is paving the way, helping them develop their skills and begin a career in the sport they love.