The ECHL on Tuesday announced that Nic Leduc and Andrew Wilk have been selected as the referees and Craig Alles and James Johnstone have been chosen to be the linesmen for the CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando.
“It is an honor to be selected to work an All-Star game,” said ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. “Each one of these officials has earned the right to work the All-Star Game and they are all very excited to be a part of the event in Orlando.”
Leduc is in his fourth season as an ECHL referee and has worked the Kelly Cup Finals in each of the previous two seasons. Prior to joining the ECHL, he was a referee in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for three seasons in addition to also playing 189 career games in the league with Victoriaville, Acadie-Bathurt, Prince Edward Island and Baie-Comeau from 2003-06.
Wilk is in his third ECHL season, and has also worked games in the Western Hockey League over the last two seasons. Prior to joining the ECHL, he worked for the North American Hockey League from 2009-11, where he was selected for the 2011 Robertson Cup Finals. He also worked in the Southern Professional Hockey League from 2010-12, and was selected for the 2012 President’s Cup Championship.
This is Alles’ eighth season working in the ECHL. He has been selected to work the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times and has been the assistant state supervisor of officials in Florida for three years. Alles has been officiating since 2001, and attended USA Hockey Regional Camp in 2004.
Johnstone is in his eighth season as an ECHL linesman. He began his professional officiating career in 2005-06 in the Southern Professional Hockey League and has worked several USA Hockey District Championships. In addition to officiating, Johnstone also coaches youth and high school hockey teams.
Ian Walsh, Brian Pochmara and Justin St. Pierre, who worked the All-Star Game in 1997, 2002 and 2001, respectively, are working as referees in the National Hockey League while Brian Mach, who worked the All-Star Game in 1999, works as a linesman in the NHL.
There are 27 former ECHL officials scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2014-15 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Tom Chmielewski, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Trent Knorr, Mike Leggo, Dave Lewis, T.J. Luxmore, Wes McCauley, Jon McIsaac, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Graham Skilliter, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Matt MacPherson, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.
Thirty of the 46 referees working in the American Hockey League, including six of the nine referees contracted to the NHL, came from the ECHL, while 10 current ECHL referees and 31 current ECHL linesmen have worked AHL games this season.
On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the eighth ECHL Hall of Fame class will be inducted during a luncheon ceremony presented by BFL CANADA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, the official host hotel of the 2015 ECHL All-Star Classic.
The ECHL All-Star Fan Fest, presented by Walgreen’s, with player appearances, interactive game, prizes, giveaways, auctions, memorabilia, and a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the day’s events include the ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon and the 2015 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando. Select ECHL Skills competitions will be held the same night and will be incorporated into the evening’s events.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 553 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 12 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.