Month: August 2016

OHL Referees and Linesmen Report to Camp for 2016-17

From the OHL: The Ontario Hockey League held its annual pre-season Officiating Camp this past weekend, August 26-27, 2016, at the University of Guelph. 97 officials attended the camp including 28 prospective OHL officials with the group along with 30 OHL referees and 39 linesmen. The camp included fitness evaluations, skating sessions, rules emphasis, team building activities, and appearances from retired 25-year NHL linesman Dan McCourt and 23-year veteran NHL linesman Greg Devorski. It was also announced at camp that referee Mike Cairns is the 2015-16 recipient of “The Bodie” Character Award for Officials.  Established in 2013, “The Bodie” is presented annually to the OHL...

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Referee Chris Rooney Injured; Out for World Cup, NHL Season

Referee Chris Rooney will miss the World Cup of Hockey as well as the start of the NHL season.   The veteran official suffered a torn Achilles tendon while at training camp in Buffalo. Rooney was taking part in fitness testing at the NHL’s Exposure Combine, which included amateur officials and the NHL and IIHF officials selected to work this year’s World Cup. “It was during a shuttle run and it just popped,’’ Rooney told the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont. “I was doing the test for, oh, maybe 10-12 minutes . . . and, pop, it tore right off. Until then, no...

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IIHF and NHL Officials Partner for World Cup Pre-Tournament Games

We’ve already seen which NHL referees and linesmen will be working the World Cup of Hockey, which kicks off September 17 in Toronto. The IIHF and NHL have just announced the officials working the pre-tournament games in Europe. The pre-tournament round, from September 8-14, will include four exhibition games in Europe and eight in North America.  The four European games will include mixed officiating crews with NHL and international officials working the games.   Each game will feature an NHL referee and linesman partnered with an IIHF referee and linesman. IIHF Officials Referees: Tobias Bjork (SWE), Roman Gofman (RUS), Jan Hribik (CZE), Anssi...

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New Names, New Numbers for NHL Officials

The NHL has released the officiating roster for the 2016-17 season.  In case you missed it, we’ve reported on the new hirings.  Here’s a summary of the changes in stripes for the upcoming season: Promotions 2 – Jon McIsaac 7 – Garrett Rank 30 – Kendrick Nicholson 52 – Shandor Alphonso* 64 – Brandon Gawryletz* 87 – Devin Berg* *No number change It will be somewhat strange to see the ol’ #7, last worn by Hall-of-Famer Bill McCreary, back out there on the ice this season.   Read more on this year’s promotions.    New Hires 41 – Cameron Voss...

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NHL Adds Nagy, South, and Voss to Officiating Roster

The NHL has added three more zebras to its officiating ranks.  Referees Furman South and Cameron Voss, along with linesman Kory Nagy, will join the league this fall, splitting time between the AHL and NHL.  They join fellow new referees Pierre Lambert, Peter MacDougall, Chris Schlenker, and linesman Ryan Daisy. Referee Furman South South, 28, from Pittsburgh, played youth and high school hockey before moving up to Junior A with the EJHL’s Bay State Breakers. From 2008-2012, he played NCAA Division I hockey at Robert Morris University, picking up 11 goals and 20 assists in 133 games on right wing.   Once his college...

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Referee Mark Lemelin Heads to Austria

Referee Mark Lemelin is heading to Europe.  The Albuquerque native, recently released by the NHL, will be plying his trade in the EBEL (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga) – or Austrian Hockey League – for 2016-17.   The Austria-based league is made of of 12 teams from four countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovenia. Embed from Getty Images   He replaces fellow American referee Shane Warshaw, who was the first foreigner to referee in the Swedish Elite League and Hockey Allsvenskan prior to his time in the EBEL.  He was the lone North American official of the 36 working the league. ...

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NHL Promotes Six Officials to Full-Time

The NHL has promoted six officials to full-time status with the league.  Referees Jon McIsaac, Kendrick Nicholson, and Garrett Rank will handle a full National Hockey League schedule for 2016-17 season. They’ll be joined by linesmen Shandor Alphonso, Devin Berg, and Brandon Gawryletz.  All six split time between the NHL and AHL last season   Referees   Jon McIsaac McIsaac, 32, refereed 25 games in 2015-16, for a career total of 32. He worked his way up through Junior B, Junior A, and QMJHL before joining the Central Hockey League at age 25.   The Truro, Nova Scotia, native signed an...

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SPHL Suspends Two for Abuse Of Officials

The Southern Professional Hockey League has handed down suspensions stemming from an incident late in Game 3 of the league’s President’s Cup Final.  Peoria Rivermen defenseman Dave Pszenyczny and assistant coach Dustin Fitzpatrick have both been suspended for the start of the 2016-17 season. The Pensacola Ice Flyers won the game 5-4, sweeping the President’s Cup best-of-five final in three games, but it was the controversial finish that sparked Peoria’s outburst.   Peoria’s Ben Power went off at 17:23 of the third for boarding. His teammate, Benjamin Rubin, objected to the call and was given a two-minute bench minor for abuse of officials....

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