PRINCETON, N.J. – Former ECHL referee Justin St. Pierre will work his first National Hockey League game on Wednesday when he referees the St. Louis Blues at the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 33-year-old worked six years in the ECHL from 1997-2003 and was selected to work the Kelly Cup Finals in 1999, 2002 and 2003 and the ECHL All-Star Game in 2001. His last game in the ECHL was Game 5 of the 2003 Kelly Cup Finals.
St. Pierre is in his third season under contract with the NHL, working in the American Hockey League while also working NHL preseason games.
He is one of 13 former ECHL officials working as referees in the NHL joining Harry Dumas, Bob Langdon, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Jeff Smith, Ian Walsh and Dean Warren.
Former ECHL officials working as linesmen in the NHL are Steve Barton, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Jay Sharrers and Mark Wheler. Nowak began his officiating career in the ECHL and in 2003 became the first ECHL official to work in the Stanley Cup Finals.