When one referee retires, another takes his place.
NHL ref Mike Leggo worked his final game on Sunday. Today, Cameron Voss is set to make his NHL debut.
Voss, 29, spent last season working in the AHL and college. He took the ice for the IIHF Under-18 World Championships, held last year in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He also officiated last season’s NCAA Frozen Four tournament, representing Hockey East. Voss participated in USA Hockey’s Elite Officiating camp in 2015.
He’s spent the 2016-17 season full-time in the AHL, working under an NHL contract.
From the NHLOA:
Voss grew up in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minn. and played Division III college hockey at the University of St. Thomas. As a goaltender, equipment was expensive. When he was 12-years-old, his dad suggested he referee to earn money to help pay for his equipment, which ended up being an activity the father and son did together.
After his playing days were over, Voss began focusing on his refereeing where he started officiating Tier 3 hockey and Minnesota Junior Hockey, The following summer he moved to New England to learn how to referee in the 3 man system while continuing to work Tier 3 hockey.
He then joined the NAHL and the USHL for two years where he met 30-year-veteran NHL linesman, Dan Schachte, who convinced him to move and work college hockey. The 29-year-old then worked Division 1 college hockey which opened the door to officiate in the AHL. He has done both for the last two years before being called up this summer.
Best of luck to Cameron Voss on the start of his NHL career!