From Hockey Quebec:
Referee Pierre Lambert will make the jump to the NHL next season, having signed his first contract with the prestigious league.
“Peter is an example for all the officials that are part of our provincial program,” said Marc Maisonneuve, coordinator for Hockey Quebec. “He climbed the ladder in recent years, going from Midget AAA league, to Junior AAA, then college and university. “
The native of Saint-Hubert was a referee in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2010 to 2013. During his career in the QMJHL, he took part in 116 regular season games and 18 playoff games. Lambert, 28, also refereed the President’s Cup Final in 2013.
Lambert then joined the ECHL for three seasons, refereeing three of the league’s Kelly Cup Finals. Last season, he handled 68 games in the American Hockey League (AHL). His career so far shows stead progression up the officiating ladder.
“It is hardly surprising that Peter signed a contract with the National Hockey League, having stood out wherever he went,” said the provincial head referee, Peter Moraitis. “This is, for him, the culmination of an arduous path, demanding countless sacrifices. Through recent years, Peter has demonstrated passion, dedication and hard work. Today, this shows it was definitely worth the effort! On behalf of Hockey Quebec, I am particularly proud to celebrate this achievement and I take this opportunity to warmly congratulate Peter and wish him success in the ranks of the NHL. “