Referee Wes McCauley suffered a leg injury early in the first period of Tuesday night’s Game 6 of the Western Conference Final between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues.

McCauley was skating backwards near the benches when his skate got caught up with the skate of linesman Scott Cherrey, sending McCauley awkwardly down to the ice.

The veteran referee stayed in the game, clearly favoring his injured leg. He headed to the official scorer during a TV timeout to have the league ready the standby official.


Standby referee Gord Dwyer replaced McCauley for the remainder of the game.  He joined Cherrey, referee Francis Charron, and linesman Derek Amell.

No update was provided on McCauley’s condition after the game.

With five days off before the start of the Stanley Cup Final, McCauley will have some time to rest and recover.   Hopefully, it’ll be enough.  As one of the league’s top officials – as well as one of its most popular – McCauley was expected to be one of the four referees chosen to work this year’s Cup final.  He’s worked the previous six Stanley Cup Finals.

All the best to referee Wes McCauley on a speedy recovery.