Linesman Greg Devorski was recognized for reaching the 1,500-game milestone prior to Saturday’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. He took the ice alongside fellow linesman Steve Miller and referees Brad Watson and Dan O’Rourke.
Devorski, 47, is in his 23rd NHL season. He made his National Hockey League debut on October 9, 1993, working a game between the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Saturday’s match was actually game 1,509 for the veteran official His 1500th career game came on October 27, when the Dallas Stars visited the Winnipeg Jets.
From the NHLOA:
Only a few privileged officials get to reach the 1,500 NHL Regular Season Games plateau, this achievement not only represents longevity but is also a testament of a very successful career.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate linesman Greg Devorski on this outstanding achievement.
Devorski’s older brother, referee Paul, retired in April 2015 with 1,594 regular season games under his belt. Hang in there, Greg. Only two more seasons to go…
Update: Devorski’s pre-game ceremony, via NHL.com: