About The OVHOA

The Ohio Valley Hockey Officials Association (OVHOA) began in the early 1970’s with guys officiating youth games. The need for ice hockey officials was formalized as ice hockey programs for all ages began to expand in correlation to the rise in popularity of the World Hockey League Cincinnati Stingers. There were about 18 officials in the OVHOA in 1975.

In 1975 USA Hockey was known as “AHAUS” (Armature Hockey Association of the United States). The name was changed in the early 1980’s but AHAUS is still maintained as a legal entity of USA Hockey.

By 1984, the OVHOA was made up of approximately 20-25 officials. There were no “seminars”, and games were held at the open air “Dixie Bowl” in northern Kentucky (a converted drive-in movie theater), Northland Ice Center was “the new place”, and Sports Plus was just a field.

Currently, the OVHOA has approximately 150 officials.

The OVHOA is a not-for-profit organization that supplies qualified ice hockey officials to our customers. We operate under by-laws which define the purpose, organization, membership, governance, appointments and procedures that we employ as we go about our business. We utilize an elected and appointed board to carry out the business of the organization, and have monthly general membership meetings.