Another day, another debut.
Linesman Ryan Daisy is the second new official this season officiate his first NHL game. Fellow linesman Kory Nagy worked his first National Hockey League game last night. Tonight, Daisy will see his first NHL action.
Daisy will take the ice in Columbus, where the Boston Bruins are in town to take on the Blue Jackets. He’ll be joined on the ice by veteran linesman Brian Murphy and referees Garrett Rank and Gord Dwyer.
Daisy, 27, recently manned the lines for the 2016 Calder Cup Final. He was one of six linesmen selected to work the series, alongside AHL/NHL linesmen Shandor Alphonso, Devin Berg, Brandon Gawryletz, and John Grandt. Now he gets to join that group of 40/40 linesmen, splitting time between the AHL and NHL for 2016-17.
From the NHLOA:
Daisy a Mansfield, Mass. native, went to school at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He played hockey until his sophomore year of high school where he decided to focus on other aspects of the game. He began refereeing local high schools in Connecticut during his junior year of university.
The 28-year-old linesman was then invited to a USA Hockey Officiating Development Camp and caught the eye of NAHL’s Coordinator of Officials, Chris Allman. He was hired on the spot and worked in the NAHL until he graduated. After his senior year he was promoted to the USHL where he spent one year, and then promoted again to the ECHL, spending three years learning to officiate professionals.
Internationally, Daisy represented the US at the 2015 IIHF Under 18 1A tournament in Belarus. He was also selected to officiate the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
Best of luck to Ryan Daisy as he begins his NHL career!