As the Stanley Cup Playoffs advance, teams are eliminated. So are officials.
The National Hockey League has reduced the officials by sixteen – four referees and four linesmen in each bubble. Here are your NHL Referees and Linesmen for the Second Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Francis Charron, Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt, Jean Hebert, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley
Out from Round 1: Trevor Hanson, Frederick L’Ecuyer, Kevin Pollock (injured), Kyle Rehman
Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Devin Berg, Michel Cormier, Greg Devorski, Matt MacPherson
Out from Round 1: Shandor Alphonso, David Brisebois, Derek Nansen, Bryan Pancich
Steve Kozari, Brad Meier, Dan O’Rourke, Chris Rooney, Francois St. Laurent, Kelly Sutherland
Out from Round 1: Marc Joannette, T.J. Luxmore, Jon McIsaac, Brian Pochmara
Scott Cherrey, Brad Kovachik, Kiel Murchison, Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot, Mark Shewchyk
Out from Round 1: Ryan Gibbons, Tony Sericolo, Andrew Smith, Libor Suchanek
Three pairings made it through intact: Dwyer/Hebert, Lee/Charron, and St. Laurent/Meier; we’ll see if they continue in Round 2 together.
A handful of officials are returning to Round 2 after having missed the cut in last season’s playoffs, including referee Furlatt, Hebert, Lee, and Meier, plus linesmen Barton and Murchison.
Officials from both sites will be centralized in one location for the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final; that mix will include all officials regardless of their initial hub city assignment.
Congratulations to the NHL Referees and Linesmen selected to work the Second Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.