Month: June 2016

Referee Dennis LaRue Retires After 26 Seasons

Referee Dennis LaRue is the latest NHL official to hang up his skates.  He joins referees Greg Kimmerly and Rob Martell and linesmen Mike Cvik, Brad Lazarowich, and Andy McElman, all of whom announced their retirements earlier this year.  LaRue, 56, leaves the NHL having worked 1,222 games — the most by an American referee in the league.  He’s also seen action in 58 playoff games, including the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals. Among active referees, only Dave Jackson (1,481) and Dan O’Halloran (1,228) have more regular season games officiated.   All-time, LaRue ranks eighth, trailing Kerry Fraser (1,904), Bill McCreary...

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NHL Referees and Linesmen Selected in NHL Draft

A handful of former NHL players have gone on to have careers as NHL officials.  Five of the league’s current officials, though, were selected in the NHL Draft.  Only one of them actually made it to the NHL as both a player and an official. With this year’s draft nearly upon us, we look back at the draft picks who later went on to become NHL referees and linesmen. Embed from Getty Images   Dean Morton – 1986 8th Round, 148th Overall – D – Detroit Red Wings Morton is the only current official to have played in an NHL...

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ECHL Honors Nuckols, Mousseaux with Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award

The ECHL announced on Thursday that Camden Nuckols and Oliver “Butch” Mousseaux are the co-recipients of the 2015-16 Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award. The award honors an On-Ice Official for his contributions and dedication to the league officiating staff and is determined in voting of ECHL On-Ice Officials. It is named in honor of ECHL linesman Ryan Birmingham who tragically lost his life in an automobile accident in May 2007.   Nuckols passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2015 following a brief illness at the age of 25. He worked as an ECHL linesman in Orlando for the previous three seasons, working...

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NHL Officials Volunteer At Tim Horton’s Camp Day

Tim Horton’s held their annual Camp Day fundraiser on June 1, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.  The event raised $12.6 million through the sale of coffee and Camp Day bracelets, along with donations.  Per the THCF, all funds raised will help impact the lives of 19,000 kids from low-income families by sending them to one of seven THCF camps across North America this year, and supporting them to positively change their outlook on life. Taking part in the efforts were National Hockey League referees and linesmen.   From the NHLOA: On Wednesday...

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Tonight’s NHL Stanley Cup Final Referees & Linesmen – Game 6

Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks – 8:00 EDT Referees Wes McCauley (#4) Playoff Gms 2016: 15 RS Games 2015-16: 75 Career Games: 886 First NHL Game: Jan 20 2003 Birthplace: Georgetown, ON   Playoffs PORank RegSeason RSRank Goals/Gm 4.8 15 5.5 8 PP/Gm 2.7 19 2.7 40 Penl/Gm 3.8 15 3.8 35 PIM/Gm 8.5 15 9.8 18 % of Penl on Home 46% 14 50% 4 More Penl on Road 18% 6 -1% 38 Home Win % 73% 1 55% 19 Home Rec. 11-4   41-34   Games to OT/SO 14% 14 25% 12 Calls by Period 1st...

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NHL Challenges Arbitrator’s Decision On Wideman Suspension

The National Hockey League has filed a suit seeking to reinstate the 20-game suspension handed out to Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman that was later reduced to 10 games upon appeal to independent arbitrator James Oldham. When the decision came down back in March, the league released a statement saying that it “strenuously disagreed” with the ruling and that they would be “reviewing the opinion in detail to determine what steps may be appropriate.” It appears they’ve determined that next step. The league argues that Oldham “exceeded his authority under the CBA and applied his own brand of industrial...

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Penalty Playback: Sharks/Penguins Cup Final Game 5

A look back at the penalty calls from Thursday’s Game 5 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks.  Referees for the game were Dan O’Halloran and Dan O’Rourke with linesmen Derek Amell and Jonny Murray.  There were seven penalties called in the game – four on the Sharks, three on the Penguins.  On the resulting power plays, the Penguins went 1-for-3, while the Sharks were 0-for-2.  Pittsburgh’s scored power play goals in two straight games. The Sharks have not scored with the man advantage since Game 1. 1st Period, 4:21 – SJS Zubrus #9, Delay of...

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Mic’d Up: Linesman Pierre Racicot in Stanley Cup Final Game 4

Another great take on the on-ice chatter between players and officials, today’s entry stars veteran linesman Pierre Racicot, who worked the game with linesman Brian Murphy and referees Wes McCauley and Kelly Sutherland. Racicot kicks things off with one of the best faceoff intros of all time: “Okay, fellers,” Racicot proclaims to centers Joe Pavelski and Matt Cullen. “We are set to go. Pav first. Cully. We are kicking. We’re good. There we go. Yeah, baby!” “Murph! Watch it here!  Puck’s coming here,” Racicot yells to alert his partner, as he hops up onto the boards in front of the...

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Tonight’s NHL Stanley Cup Final Referees & Linesmen – Game 5

San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins – 8:00 EDT Referees Dan O’Halloran (#13) Playoff Gms 2016: 15 RS Games 2015-16: 75 Career Games: 1303 First NHL Game: Oct 1 1995 Birthplace: Essex, ON   Playoffs PO Rank Reg Season RS Rank Goals/Gm 4.7 16 5.4 18 PP/Gm 3.1 15 3.2 20 Penl/Gm 3.8 17 3.9 29 PIM/Gm 8.6 16 9.5 25 % of Penl on Home 51% 6 48% 17 More Penl on Road -4% 15 6% 25 Home Win % 21% 19 53% 26 Home Rec. 3-11   40-35   Games to OT/SO 21% 11 23% 16 Calls...

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