The ECHL has selected the referees and linesmen for the 2023 Kelly Cup Finals between the Florida Everblades and the Idaho Steelheads. 

“Congratulations to the 10 officials who have earned the opportunity to represent the ECHL Officiating Staff in the 2023 Kelly Cup Finals,” said ECHL Manager of Officiating Riley Yerkovich. “Each of these officials has been selected based on the merit of their performance in regular season and through the first three rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. I am extremely proud of the hard work each of them has put in to this point, and I am confident that they will continue to work at the highest level in the Kelly Cup Finals.”

Here are the five referees and five linesmen working the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Final :


  • Nolan Bloyer #31 (2nd Kelly Cup Finals)
  • Logan Gruhl #29 (1st)
  • Sam Heidemann #22 (1st)
  • John Lindner #6 (1st)
  • Alex Normandin #26 (4th)


  • Brady Fagan #89 (3rd)
  • Chad Fuller #76 (2nd)
  • Brandon Grillo #81 (1st)
  • Matthew Heinen #93 (1st)
  • Christopher Williams #62 (4th)

* First Kelly Cup Finals  Selection


The Florida Everblades will faceoff against the Idaho Steelheads in a rematch of the 2004 Kelly Cup Final, which Idaho won in five games. 

This year’s championship series gets underway on Saturday, June 3.

  • Game 1 – Saturday, June 3 at Idaho (9:10 pm ET)
  • Game 2 – Sunday, June 4 at Idaho (6:10 pm ET)
  • Game 3 – Wednesday, June 7 at Florida (7:30 pm ET)
  • Game 4 – Friday, June 9 at Florida (7:30 pm ET) 
  • Game 5* – Saturday, June 10 at Florida (7:00 pm ET)
  • Game 6* – Tuesday, June 13 at Idaho (9:10 pm ET)
  • Game 7* – Wednesday, June 14 at Idaho (9:10 pm ET) 

For more, including series previews, head to

Congratulations to the ECHL Referees and Linesmen working the Kelly Cup Finals!