Former ECHL officials continue to earn high-profile assignments in both the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
Former ECHL referees Chris Rooney and Wes McCauley have been selected to work the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. It is the second consecutive appearance in the final for Rooney, who was a referee in the 1998 Kelly Cup Finals, and has been in the NHL since the 2000-01 season. He worked the 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston.
McCauley played in the ECHL with Knoxville, scoring 30 points (2g-28a) in 56 games as a rookie in 1993-94. He then worked in the ECHL as a referee from 1998-2001, working two Kelly Cup Finals during that time. McCauley has been a referee in the NHL since the 2006-07 season and is working his first Stanley Cup Final.
Eight officials with ECHL experience are working the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Finals between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Syracuse Crunch. Referees Darcy Burchell, Jean Hebert, Mark Lemelin, Terry Koharski and Graham Skilliter along with linesmen Fraser McIntyre, Judson Ritter and Jim Scarpace are part of the 11-person officiating crew.
“It is very rewarding for the ECHL to see our former officials having success at the higher levels,” said ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. “For Wes and Chris, working the Stanley Cup Final is something all officials dream about and they get to live that dream. Knowing that they started their careers here in the ECHL will show our officiating staff that hard work and dedication does pay off.
"For the guys in the Calder Cup Finals, it is just as rewarding, as most of them have only been gone from the ECHL for a few years,” Ernst said. “This shows the commitment the ECHL has in developing officials for the next levels, the commitment Brian McKenna and our owners have, their willingness to allow us to put the best officials on the ice, especially in the playoffs, only helps develop our officials for these next levels. The ECHL supervisory staff also plays a large role as their dedication and commitment to helping these young officials grow is immeasurable.”