Former ECHL linesman Matt MacPherson, who worked the previous two seasons in the ECHL, made his National Hockey League debut last night.
MacPherson’s first NHL game was at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh as the Penguins hosted the Florida Panthers. He worked the game alongside fellow linesman Steve Miller and referees Marcus Vinnerborg and Chris Rooney, who is also a former ECHL official.
“This is a very proud moment for Matt and his family as he begins his NHL career,” said ECHL Director of Officiating Joe Ernst. “We at the ECHL are also very proud of Matt and wish him success throughout his career in the NHL”
Prior to joining the ECHL, MacPherson worked in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2005-09. The 28-year-old officiated at the 2008 and 2009 NHL Rookie Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario in addition to working the 2006 World Under 17 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan, the 2007 World University Games in Torino, Italy and the 2009 World Under 18 Championship in Fargo, N.D.
In addition to MacPherson and Rooney, there are 20 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2011-12 with referees Banfield, Charron, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Graham Skilliter, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.