The ECHL announced on Monday that 11 ECHL on-ice officials, including three that attended the NHL Officiating Exposure Camp in Buffalo, N.Y., along with Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst and ECHL Supervisor Mike Pearce, will work the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 12-16.
Debuting in 1988 with four teams, the NHL Prospects Tournament has expanded to now include eight clubs – Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Teams are divided into two divisions for a three-day round robin tournament, then ranked by their win-loss records for final placement in seventh, fifth, third and Championship games on the final day.
Ernst will be responsible for the selection and scheduling of the officials for each game of the tournament, and will assist any playing or rule situation that takes place during the tournament. The officiating staff for the tournament includes eight referees and six linesmen. Six of the eight referees and five of the six linemen will work in the ECHL during the 2014-15 season. Pearce will assist all facets of the tournament.
“The Detroit Red Wings do an outstanding job of hosting this tournament each year, and it is an honor for the ECHL and our staff to be working such a well-respected tournament as Traverse City,” Ernst said. “It will provide our officials excellent experience going into the season as these players are competing for roster spots with their respective NHL clubs. It also allows me and Mike to be able to spend time teaching our officials as well as spend time with them prior to our training camp and season which is invaluable.”
ECHL officials who will work during the Prospects Tournament include referees Kenny Anderson (2nd season with the ECHL), Pierre Lambert (2nd season with ECHL), Nic Leduc (4th season with the ECHL), Peter MacDougall (2nd Season with the ECHL), Stephen Reneau (2nd season with the ECHL), Furman South (USODP), Peter Tarnaris (2nd season with the ECHL), Cameron Voss (NCAA) as well as linesmen Tyler Landman, Ryan Madsen (1st season with ECHL), Shaun Morgan (3rd season with ECHL), Charlie O’Connor (1st season with ECHL), Patrick Richardson (2nd season with ECHL) and Steven Walsh (4th season with the ECHL).
There were 27 former ECHL officials who worked as part of the NHL officiating team in 2012-13 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.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 14 states for its 27th season in 2014-15. Over 540 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th 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.