Linesman Jonny Murray worked Monday night in Montreal. He then made the trip down to Boston to work Bruins vs. Sharks.
His luggage apparently didn’t.
The veteran linesman was forced to go to the backup gear and borrow some equipment before Tuesday night’s game. While linesman Tony Sericolo and referees Rob Martell and Francis Charron took the ice in their standard gear, Murray sported a slightly different look.
Instead of his usual #95, Murray was wearing a blank linesman’s jersey. The particular style of jersey he wore – with the narrower stripes – was last worn in the NHL in 2008.
All NHL teams are required to keep jerseys on standby for the officials – a #35 for referees and an #85 for linesmen. No word on why Murray was forced to use an older blank jersey instead of the mandated standby gear.
Murray didn’t even have his own skates. He was forced to borrow a pair. Boston’s Patrice Bergeron was nice enough to lend a set to the official, who tested them out before the game:
Despite the gear mix-up, Murray had a solid night out there on the ice.
Hopefully, his luggage had the same kind of success in reaching its final destination.
(stick-tap to Justin Crawford for the heads up)