The United States Hockey League has tapped former NHL linesman John Grandt to be the league’s Director of Officials. 

“I couldn’t be more honored to return to the USHL as the Director of Officials,” said Grandt, per  “The USHL was instrumental in my own path to becoming an NHL official, so this is a full-circle moment for me. I’m committed to making the USHL officiating staff the premier league for aspiring high-level officials.”

Grant, a Colorado native, spent four seasons as a linesman in the National Hockey League, working 203 games. He previously donned the stripes in the AHL, USHL, Central Hockey League, and within the NCAA – including a trip to the 2023 Frozen Four Championship game.  

From the USHL:

Grandt’s USA Hockey experience includes an assignment as Colorado’s Assistant State Supervisor Advancement and Development, serving as an instructor for the Rocky Mountain District Advance Officiating Experience and has worked as the Lead Instructor – USA Hockey Level 4 Seminar.

He also has served as an instructor at Jay Sharrers Officiating School.

“We are equally honored to have John return to the USHL in this new and vital role for the League,” said USHL President and Commissioner Glenn Hefferan.  “He brings a wealth of experience from the USHL to the NHL, as well as his professional experience away from the game. The league’s officiating staff is in excellent hands.” 

Grandt starts his new gig effective immediately… which is good, since the USHL season gets under way on September 20.  


Here are the USHL Referees and Linesmen for 2023-24

USHL Officials