The following eight referees and 10 linesmen have been selected to work the Conference Finals in the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
This will mark the sixth consecutive season that the ECHL will utilize a two-referee system for all games in the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals.
Referees: Sean Fernandez (1st Conference Finals), Alex Normandin (1st), Chris Pontes (1st), Tyler Puddifant (3rd), Mike Sheehan (1st), Jonathan Sitarski (2nd), Stephen Thomson (2nd), Jeremy Tufts (2nd)
Linesmen: Jake Davis (1st Conference Finals), Michael Fusani (2nd), Robert Keltie (1st), Jesse Marquis (1st), Charlie O’Connor (4th), Patrick Richardson (5th), Kyle Richetelle (1st), J.P. Waleski (2nd), Christopher Williams (1st) and Chris Wilson (1st)
“Each of these officials has been selected based on their performance through the first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs,” said ECHL Manager of Officiating Mike Pearce. “It is a great accomplishment to reach this round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, and all of them should be proud of their work to this point.”
Eastern Conference Finals (Best of Seven)
Florida Everblades vs. Adirondack Thunder Game 1 – Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida Game 2 – Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. ET at Florida Game 3 – Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. ET at Adirondack Game 4 – Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET at Adirondack Game 5 – Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET at Adirondack (If Necessary) Game 6 – Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida (If Necessary) Game 7 – Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida (If Necessary)
Western Conference Finals (Best of Seven)
Colorado Eagles vs. Fort Wayne Komets Game 1 – Saturday, May 12 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Colorado Game 2 – Sunday, May 13 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Colorado Game 3 – Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne Game 4 – Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne Game 5 – Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne (If Necessary) Game 6 – Tuesday, May 22 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Colorado (If Necessary) Game 7 – Wednesday, May 23 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Colorado (If Necessary)
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 30th season in 2017-18. There have been who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 18 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2017-18 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 31 NHL teams in 2017-18, marking the 21st 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 Twitter and Facebook.