Former ECHL officials continue to earn high-profile assignments in both the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
Former ECHL referees Dan O’Rourke and Chris Rooney have been selected to work the Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings. It is the second consecutive appearance in the final for O’Rourke, who played in the ECHL with Erie and Louisiana from 1993-97 before joining the league’s officiating staff. He joined the NHL in 1999-00.
Rooney is making his first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. He 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.
O’Rourke and Rooney, who each worked Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, will be on the ice for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday.
Six former ECHL officials have been selected to work the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Finals between the Norfolk Admirals and Toronto Marlies. Referees Francis Charron, Jean Hebert, Terry Koharski and Graham Skilliter along with linesmen Mathieu Chenier and Matt MacPherson are part of the nine-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 Dan and Chris, it doesn’t get any better than working the Stanley Cup Final. Knowing that they started their careers here in the ECHL driving all those miles and making tons of sacrifices, shows where we are as a league. For the guys in the AHL, it is just as rewarding, as most of them have only been gone from the ECHL for a few years. This shows the commitment the ECHL has in developing officials for the next levels, and a big part of that is due to the supervisory staff that we have.”