Eighteen months ago, Travis Gawryletz watched his older brother, Brandon, make his NHL debut as a linesman.

Now he’s following in his older brother’s footsteps, making his professional officiating debut tonight in the American Hockey League.

Gawryletz will take the ice wearing #64 for tonight’s game between the Rockford IceHogs and Manitoba Moose.  He’ll work alongside referee Pierre Lambert and linesman Bevan Mills, both of whom are minor league officials under contract with the NHL.

Most recently, Gawryletz has been working the lines in the Western Hockey League.

Gawryletz, 31, was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 8th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four years at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, where he was teammates with NHLers Matt Niskanen, Jason Garrison, Alex Stalock, Justin Fontaine, and Mason Raymond.

He spent time in the minors, suiting up for the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals and Ontario Reign and the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL. After two years in Europe, he returned to North America for one final season with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.

Earlier in his playing career, Hockey’s Future offered this scouting report:

A calm, smooth skating defenseman, Travis Gawryletz is a perfectionist. While he does not lose sleep over poor play, Gawryletz does strive to play an error free game every single night he hits the ice. A careful player, he is very good at making the right decision in tense moments, and is patient enough to look for the right play rather than forcing a pass or throwing the puck away.
You can tell he’s always thinking, always looking for the right place on the ice to be.
Those skills will serve him well. His skating, demeanor, decision-making, and awareness will certainly come in handy as he begins his professional career as a linesman.
All the best to Travis Gawryletz in his new career!