Referees for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be Mike Leggo and Kelly Sutherland. They’ll be joined by linesmen David Brisebois and Steve Barton.
Leggo, 51, has worked nearly 1,200 games in his 20-year NHL career, his first coming on April 1, 1997. , he may be best known for telling the Stars’ Shawn Horcoff: “You can’t do that.” The native of North Bay, Ontario, spent time this season working with officials in the AHL, as well as officiating at the 2016 Spengler Cup Tournament in Davos, Switzerland. He also refereed at the Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2007 All-Star Game. Leggo is reportedly retiring at the end of the season, so it’s only fitting for him to take the ice one last time with the league’s greatest players.
Sutherland, 45, has had quite a career. He’s been on the ice for both silver and gold, having worked four Stanley Cup Finals and the Gold Medal Game at the 2014 Winter Olympics. His 16 seasons in NHL stripes include nearly 1,100 games; Sutherland, from Richmond, B.C., was honored for reaching the 1000-game mark this past October.
Brisebois, 40, made his league debut in Buffalo on October 11, 1999. The Sudbury, Ontario, native recently worked his 1000th NHL game.
Barton, 44, hails from Vankleek Hill, Ontario. He’s in this 16th season, with his first game coming on November 1, 2000, between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Like Sutherland and Brisebois, Barton was also recognized earlier this season for officiating 1,000 NHL games.
Don’t expect too much in the way of penalties, thought the new tournament format has made the games more competitive.
Only one penalty was called during last year’s three tournament games, and it was on goaltender Pekka Rinne for playing the puck outside the trapezoid.
While we’re looking at this year’s on-ice crew, here’s a look back at the referees and linesmen who’ve worked the NHL All-Star Game for the previous 25 years.
Previous All-Star Game Officials
2016 – Referees: Dan O’Rourke, Ian Walsh. Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Vaughan Rody
2015 – Referees: Chris Lee, Chris Rooney. Linesmen: Steve Miller, Tony Sericolo
2014 – No Game (Olympics)
2013 – No Game (Lockout)
2012 – Referees: Eric Furlatt, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Brad Kovachik
2011 – Referees: Tom Kowal, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Don Henderson
2010 – No Game (Olympics)
2009 – Referees: Marc Joannette, Brad Meier. Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Pierre Racicot
2008 – Referees: Rob Martell, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Pat Dapuzzo, Lyle Seitz
2007 – Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Mike Leggo. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Jay Sharrers
2006 – No Game (Olympics)
2005 – No Game (Lockout)
2004 – Referees: Blaine Angus, Stephen Walkom. Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Thor Nelson
2003 – Referees: Dennis LaRue, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen: Jean Morin, Tim Nowak
2002 – Referees: Dave Jackson, Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Andy McElman, Mark Pare
2001 – Referees: Mick McGeough, Richard Trottier. Linesmen: Randy Mitton, Mark Wheler
2000 – Referees: Kerry Fraser, Don Koharski. Linesmen: Gerard Gauthier, Ray Scapinello
1999 – Referee: Paul Devorski. Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Brian Murphy
1998 – Referee: Paul Stewart. Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Shane Heyer
1997 – Referee: Rob Shick. Linesmen: Ron Asselstine, Bob Hodges, Leon Stickle
1996 – Referee: Mark Faucette. Linesmen: Ron Asselstine, Brad Lazarowich
1995 – No Game (Lockout)
1994 – Referee: Bill McCreary. Linesmen: Gord Broseker, Pat Dapuzzo
1993 – Referee: Dan Marouelli. Linesmen: Ryan Bozek, Kevin Collins
1992 – Referee: Don Koharski. Linesmen: Mark Pare, Mark Vines
1991 – Referee: Terry Gregson. Linesmen: Jerry Pateman, Dan Schachte
1990 – Referee: Kerry Fraser. Linesmen: Bob Hodges, Dan McCourt