TORONTO, Ontario – The World Cup of Hockey 2004 Organizing Committee has announced that former ECHL officials Kevin Pollock and Tim Nowak will work the preliminary round games in Europe and North America.
Pollack will be a referee in the European Pool while Nowak will be a linesman in the North American Pool. Nowak, who began his officiating career in the ECHL, has been a linesman in the NHL since 1993-94 working more than 600 regular season games, and in 2003 he became the first ECHL official to work in the Stanley Cup Finals.
There were 12 referees and three linesmen with ECHL experience on the 2003-04 NHL officiating staff.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze.