PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the officiating crew for the 2005 Coors Light ECHL All-Star Game would be referee Nygel Pelletier and linesmen Paul Carnathan and Aaron Lundbohm.
The 13th Annual ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be held at the 7,215-seat Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa. The Skills Competition will be on January 25 at 7:05 p.m. and the All-Star Game will be played on January 26 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are still available for all events and can be purchased at the Reading Royals box office or by telephone at (610) 898-7825.
Beginning his career as a linesman in 1999-2000 and becoming a full-time referee in 2000-01, the 29-year-old Pelletier is working his first ECHL All-Star Game. In his sixth season with the league, the native of Alexandria, Ontario has worked over 400 games in the ECHL.
In his fourth year with the ECHL, Carnathan also works as a linesman in the American Hockey League. It is the first ECHL All-Star Game for Carnathan, who worked the United States Hockey League All-Star Game in 2001 while also working the 2001 United States National Junior Championships. A native of Boulder, Colorado, the 26-year-old Carnathan has officiated more than 350 ECHL games.
In his fifth year with the ECHL, Lundbohm is working his first ECHL All-Star Game having worked the 2003 Kelly Cup Finals and the 2004 Calder Cup Finals in the American Hockey League. A native of Roseau, Minnesota, the 27-year-old Lundbohm has officiated more than 400 games in the ECHL.
NHL referee Ian Walsh worked the 1997 ECHL All-Star Game while NHL linesman Brian Mach worked the 1999 ECHL All-Star Game. NHL-contracted referees Jeff Smith, Brian Pochmara and Justin St. Pierre worked the 1998, 2001 and 2002 ECHL All-Star Games, respectively. Smith, Pochmara and St. Pierre are all presently officiating in the AHL.