For the past 12 years, the East Coast Hockey League has worked in conjunction with the National Hockey League to develop on-ice officials.
There are 10 referees and three linesmen with ECHL experience currently on the NHL officiating staff and former ECHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Andy Van Hellemond is the Director of Officiating for the NHL. The referees are Harry Dumas, Bob Langdon, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Jay Sharrers, Jeff Smith, and Ian Walsh while the linesmen are Steve Barton, Brian Mach, and Tim Nowak. McCauley, Pochmara and Smith worked in the ECHL the past two seasons. Nowak has worked 589 games in the NHL beginning in 1993.
There are also several ECHL officials currently working as both referees and linesmen in the American Hockey League.