Congratulations to NHL referee TJ Luxmore on working his 100th National Hockey League game.
Luxmore reached this career milestone on Saturday, October 15, officiating a game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Arizona Coyotes. He was joined on the ice by referee Steve Kozari and linesmen Vaughan Rody and Kory Nagy.
From the NHLOA:
TJ began officiating when he was 16 years old growing up in Timmins, ON. At the age of 18, he moved to Waterloo, ON to attend the University of Waterloo, where he continued officiating and began his junior career. He worked one season in the OHL as a linesman and three seasons as a referee.
While part of Hockey Canada, he worked the U17’s in Port Alberni, BC. During his last two seasons in the OHL, TJ began working part time in the ECHL/IHL/CHL. In 2009, he worked the Turner Cup Finals in the IHL.
In 2010, he moved to the Ontario, CA to work the ECHL full time and the following season moved to Reading, Pennsylvania, to continue his ECHL games and began working in the AHL. TJ worked the Kelly Cup Finals in 2011, 2012. In 2012, he was hired by the NHL.
Luxmore made his NHL debut on November 19, 2013, handling a game between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
“It was an amazing feeling – something you cannot prepare for,” Luxmore told Z Hockey of being hired by the NHL. “You spend so many days away from friends and family working toward your dream. When you get the call, it’s a special moment.”
Even more special is that he’s not only made it, but has now reached 100 games in the National Hockey League.