The newest NHL linesman was once known for his work ethic and crunching body-checks which made him a fan favorite.  Now, he’ll look to avoid those heavy hits as he mans the blueline in the National Hockey League.

Linesman Shandor Alphonso, #52, has signed a professional contract with the NHL. He’ll split time manning bluelines in the AHL and NHL this season.

Linesman Shandor Alphonso working his first preseason game

Linesman Shandor Alphonso working his first preseason game (9/23/14)

Alphonso signed just prior to the start of training camp, joining the NHL officiating crew for camp.  He made his NHL preseason debut on September 23, when he worked the lines for Bruins vs. Canadiens.

Alphonso spent the past three seasons as a linesman in the OHL.

“It was a great feeling to sign and be hired by the NHL,” Alphonso told the Orangeville Banner. “I’ve wanted to be part of the NHL for most of my life, so realizing the dream was pretty amazing.”

The Orangeville, Ontario, native spent years on the other side of the whistle before donning the stripes.  Alphonso spent three seasons playing in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves.  In 183 OHL games, he posted 25 goals and 48 assists, along with 143 PIM.  He suited up alongside current NHLers Marc Staal, Adam McQuaid, and Benoit Pouliot.

“The worst part about officiating is being away from my family,” Alphonso said. “I love everything else about this job. I’m on the ice with the best players in the world.”

Alphonso spent his collegiate career on left wing for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves. In 115 college games, Alphonso focused on his defensive game, scoring 19 goals and 24 assists.  He helped the team to an Ontario University Association Queen’s Cup Championship in 2005-06.

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