With so many new officials this year, there’s a whole bunch of new names to learn.  The NHL has provided a guide to pronouncing those officials’ names.  We’ve made a few changes based on our experiences and simplified the guide to exclude some of the more common names whose pronunciation is already familiar to most.  (Pronunciation key included at the end)

Referees

Jake Brenk (BREHNK)
Francis Charron (FRAN-sihs   sha-RAHN)
Tom Chmielewski   (shihm-ehl-ESS-kee)
Gord Dwyer (DWIGH-uhr)
Eric Furlatt (fur-LAHT)
Trevor Hanson (HAN-suhn)
Ghislain Hebert (ZHIHZ-lehn  AY-bair)
Jean Hebert (ZHAWN  AY-bair)
Dave Jackson (JAK-suhn)
Marc Joannette (zhwawn-EHT)
Tom Kowal (KOW-uhl)
Steve Kozari (koh-ZAHR-ee)
Pierre Lambert (pee-AIR lam-BAIR)
Frederick   L’Ecuyer (FREHD-uhr-ihk  LAY-koo-YAY)
Chris Lee (LEE)
Mike Leggo (LEH-goh)
Dave Lewis (LOO-his)
T.J. Luxmore (LUHX-mohr)
Peter MacDougall (mak-DOO-guhl)
Wes McCauley (muh-KAWL-ee)
Jon McIsaac (muhk-IGH-zihk)
Brad Meier (MIGH-uhr)
Dean Morton (MOHR-tuhn)
Kendrick Nicholson (NIH-kuhl-suhn)
Dan O’Halloran (oh-HAL-uh-ruhn)
Dan O’Rourke (oh-ROHRK)
Tim Peel (PEEL)
Brian Pochmara (pahk-MAHR-uh)
Kevin Pollock (PAHL-uhk)
Garrett Rank (RANK)
Kyle Rehman (RAY-muhn)
Evgeny Romasko (ehv-GEH-nee  ro-MAS-koh)
Chris Rooney (ROO-nee)
Chris Schlenker (SCHLENK-uhr)
Graham Skilliter (SKIHL-ih-tuhr)
Furman South (SOWTH)
Francois St. Laurent (frahn-SWAH SAINT-loh-RAHNT)
Justin St. Pierre (SAINT-pee-AIR)
Kelly Sutherland (SUH-thur-luhnd)
Cameron   Voss (VAWS)
Ian Walsh (WAWLSH)
Brad Watson (WAHT-suhn)

 

Linesmen

Shandor Alphonso (SHAN-dohr al-FAHN-so)
Derek Amell (a-MEHL)
Steve Barton (BAHR-tuhn)
Devin Berg (BUHRG)
David Brisebois   (BREEZ-bwah)
Lonnie Cameron (KAM-ruhn)
Scott Cherrey (CHEHR-ee)
Michel Cormier (mih-SHEHL KOHR-mee-ay)
Ryan Daisy (DAY-zee)
Greg Devorski (duh-VOHR-skee)
Scott Driscoll (DRIHS-kuhl)
Ryan Galloway (GAL-oh-way)
Brandon Gawryletz (GAHR-lehtz)
Ryan Gibbons (GIH-buhnz)
Darren Gibbs (GIHBZ)
John Grandt (GRANT)
Don Henderson (HEHN-duhr-suhn)
Shane Heyer (HIGH-uhr)
Trent Knorr (K’NOHR) (K is not silent)
Brad Kovachik (koh-VAH-chihk)
Brian Mach (MAHK)
Matt MacPherson   (mak-FUHR-suhn)
Steve Miller (MIH-luhr)
Bevan Mills (MIHLZ)
Kiel Murchison   (KIGH-uhl  MUHR-chih-suhn)
Brian Murphy (MUHR-fee)
Jonny Murray (MUHR-ree)
Kory Nagy (NA-ghee) (Like ‘shaggy’)
Derek Nansen (NAN-sehn)
Tim Nowak (NOH-wak)
Bryan Pancich (PAN-sihch)
Pierre Racicot (RA-see-koh)
Vaughan   Rody (VAWN  ROH-dee)
Tony Sericolo (sair-ih-KOH-loh)
Jay Sharrers (SHAIR-uhrs)
Mark Shewchyk (SHOO-chihk)
Mark Wheler (WEE-luhr)

 

Pronunciation Key

AY – long A as in mate
A – short A as in cat
AI – nasal A as in air
AH – short A as in father
AW – broad A as in talk

EE – long E as in meat
EH – short E as in get
UH – hollow E as in ‘the’
AY – French long E with acute accent as in passé
IH – middle E as in pretty
EW – dipthong as in few

IGH – long I as in time
EE – French long I as in machine
IH – short I as in pity

OH – long O as in note
AH – short O as in hot
AW – broad O as in fought
OI – dipthong as in noise
OO – long double OO as in fool
U – short double O as in foot
OW – dipthong as in how

EW – long U as in mule
OO – long U as in rule
U – middle U as in put
UH – short U as in shut or hurt

K – hard C as in cat
S – soft C as in cease
SH – soft CH as in machine
CH – hard CH or TCH as in catch
Z – hard S as in bells
S – soft S as in sun
G – hard G as in gang
J – soft G as in general
ZH – soft J as in French version of Joliet
KH – gutteral CH as in Scottish version of Loch