With two teams set  – the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning – here’s the third team taking the ice for the Stanley Cup Final.

The NHL referees and linesmen officiating the 2021 Stanley Cup Final:



Francis Charron #6 – 2nd Cup Final (’20)

Gord Dwyer #19 – 2nd Cup Final (’19)

Eric Furlatt #27 – 1st Cup Final

Dan O’Rourke #9 – 5th Cup Final (’11,’12,’16,’20)

Kelly Sutherland #11 – 8th Cup Final (’10,’11,’15,’16,’18,’19,’20)

Out from Conference Finals: Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Francois St. Laurent



David Brisebois #96 – 1st Cup Final

Scott Cherrey #50 – 4th Cup Final (’17,’19,’20)

Michel Cormier #76  – 1st Cup Final

Kiel Murchison #79 – 1st Cup Final

Jonny Murray #95 – 4th Cup Final (’12,’16,’18)

Out from Conference Finals: Ryan Gibbons, Bryan Pancich, Andrew Smith




The NHLOA’s current CBA with the league calls for five referees and five linesmen. Under the previous deal, the NHL selected four of each, resulting in two set crews. Having the fifth man gives some extra flexibility and shakes things up, resulting in a rotation instead of two set pairings.

Furlatt, Cormier, and Murchison are officiating their first Stanley Cup Final. All other officials are returning to work the Final.

McCauley is out of the Cup Final for the first time since 2012; he was selected in 2019 but missed the Cup Final due to injury.

Of the current Cup Final officials, both Dan O’Rourke, and Kelly Sutherland were in the league when Tampa won the Cup in 2004.


Postseason Paychecks

Officials, like players, earn their paychecks for their regular season work. NHL Referees and linesmen, though, get a bonus for working the playoffs.

Under the current NHLOA CBA, referees earn $25,400 per round worked, while linesmen pick up an additional $16,500 per round. Standby officials earn $1000 for referees and $650 for linesmen, with a bump to $2,750 or $1,775, respectively, if they’re called into duty.


Congratulations to all the referees and linesmen selected to work the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final!