He was just 23 years old when he stepped out onto the ice to officiate his first junior hockey game.

It was September of 1997 and Height was in Winkler for a preseason game, one that had him full of nerves as he took his officiating career to the next level.

"I was an inexperienced young official, so I was nervous for that first game," said Height. "There was still a lot of speed even back then."

Height has continued to officiate anywhere from 20 to 25 games a year since that first game in Winkler which includes many games officiated during Dauphin Kings games at Credit Union Place. Height's fondest moments included just being on the ice for a junior game.

"I had the best seat in the house every night that I did a game, that's always a memory I'll have," offered Height. "To see all the great coaches over the years and great players that have played in this league as well." 

On Saturday, the chapter of Dave's "Junior" officiating book officially closed as he officiated his final junior hockey game. Height announced prior to the game that he was retiring from the junior ranks after 25+ years of doing it.

Seconds after the announcement from Al Gaines, Dave received a standing ovation from the amazing crowd on hand and it was a moment that he will cherish for the rest of his life.

"I really appreciate that I was recognized by the faithful fans," ended Height. "It was a surreal feeling, I'm still quite emotional about it right now."

Dave will continue to officiate minor hockey games next season.