When the Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors mEet in WHL exhibition play Friday night, history will have been made.
Weyburn’s Alex Clarke, who has worked in nearly 300 games across Saskatchewan and recently officiated at the 2021 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship in Calgary, became the first woman to work a WHL game on the officiating crew.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join the WHL as a linesperson,” Clarke said in a release issued by the league on Friday morning “I have been working towards this for several years now and I believe my development has reached the level required to perform in the WHL. I’m looking forward to the challenges and growth the WHL will bring to my officiating journey, and I’m excited about the potential for other female officials to enjoy similar opportunities in high-level male hockey.”
“For the past several years we have been monitoring Alex’s development and progression as an official,” said Kevin Muench, WHL Senior Director, Officiating. “She has been highly successful in Junior A and her recent performance at the IIHF Women’s World Championship was highlighted by her assignment to the Bronze Medal game. She has proven she is ready to take the next step in her career by earning the opportunity to be on the ice in the WHL.”
The WHL is pleased to congratulate Alex Clarke, who is set to become the first female linesperson in WHL history.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) September 24, 2021