Referee Pierre Lambert will make his NHL debut tonight in Buffalo, working a game between the Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lambert will take the ice alongside referee Kevin Pollock and linesmen Shandor Alphonso and Brad Kovachik.
Lambert, 28, began officiating at age 14 in his hometown of St-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec. He refereed three seasons in the QMJHL from 2010-2013, working 116 regular season games and 18 playoff games including the 2013 President’s Cup Final. He moved up to the ECHL for the 2013-14 season, where he handled the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals three straight years. He also spent time in the AHL over the past two years, refereeing 68 AHL games in 2015-16.
He was hired by the NHL prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.
“It is hardly surprising that Peter signed a contract with the National Hockey League, having stood out wherever he went,” said Quebec’s 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.”
Lambert worked five NHL preseason games this season. He’s officiated in the American Hockey League so far this year.
All the best to Pierre out there on the ice tonight and throughout his NHL career!