The NHL has reportedly made their call on who’s making the calls in Game 7.
According to Sportnet’s John Shannon, referees Chris Rooney and Gord Dwyer will officiate Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. That’s the same crew who worked Sunday’s Game 6, as well as Games 2 and 4 of the series.
This is the first time this postseason that the NHL has scheduled the same two officials in back-to-back games this postseason. That’s high praise for Dwyer, working his first Cup Final, and the veteran Chris Rooney, a South Boston native who is refereeing his fourth Stanley Cup Final.
Previous Game 7 pairings this playoffs have seen the league break up matched pairs to put together two top officials. Referee Chris Rooney worked the entire second round with Gord Dwyer, aside from Game 7 between the Stars and Blues, when Dwyer was replaced by Marc Joannette. It’s apparent the league has liked what it’s seen with Dwyer since then.
So far the referee duo of Chris Rooney & Gord Dwyer are moving their feet extremely well based on the elevate speed of the players. Reading & reacting to play. Keep it up boys!
— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) June 4, 2019
Rooney worked the first round of the playoffs with fellow ref Kyle Rehman, while Dwyer reffed alongside Francis Charron.
The other pairing in the Cup Final rotation – Kelly Sutherland and Steve Kozari – will remain on standby. Referee Wes McCauley is still out with an injury suffered in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.
No word on the linesmen for the game.
Pierre Racicot and Greg Devorski would be up in the rotation, but with a Game 7, don’t be surprised if one of Derek Amell or Scott Cherrey steps in.
Check back tomorrow for the confirmed officiating lineup and stats.