The ECHL has announced the four referees and five linesmen selected to work the 2016 Kelly Cup Finals. The officials are selected based on the merit of their performance over the course of the regular season and their work thus far in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. From the ECHL:
Referees – Pierre Lambert, Nic Leduc, Peter MacDougall and Stephen Reneau
Linesmen – Brent Hooks, Ryan Madsen, Shaun Morgan, Charlie O’Connor and Pat Richardson
It is the third Finals assignment for Leduc, who also worked the 2013 and 2014 Finals, and for Lambert who worked the Finals in 2014 and 2015. Reneau is working the Kelly Cup Finals for the second consecutive season while MacDougall is working in the Kelly Cup Finals for the first time.
Morgan is appearing in the Kelly Cup Finals for the fourth straight season while Richardson is in the Finals for the second consecutive season. It is the first Finals assignment for O’Connor, Hooks and Madsen.
“This is a terrific honor for all of these officials to reach the Kelly Cup Finals,” said ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. “Each of them has earned this assignment as a result of their performance throughout the playoffs. For the officials working their first Finals, it will be a great experience, and for the officials returning to the Finals, it is a very good honor to have worked multiple final series. It speaks to the development of officials in the ECHL and is something that our supervisory staff and I take a great deal of pride in.”
As was the case throughout the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs, all games during the Kelly Cup Finals will utilize the two-referee system.
Kelly Cup Finals (Best of Seven)
Allen Americans vs. Wheeling Nailers
Game 1 – Saturday, May 28 at 8:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas
Game 2 – Sunday, May 29 at 4:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas
Game 3 – Wednesday, June 1 at 7:05 p.m. ET at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, W.Va.
Game 4 – Friday, June 3 at 7:35 p.m. ET at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, W.Va.
Game 5 – Saturday, June 4 at 7:35 p.m. ET at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, W.Va. *
Game 6 – Thursday, June 9 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas *
Game 7 – Saturday, June 11 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas *
* – If Necessary