NHL officials at MSG

Officials, from left to right: Michel Cormier (linesman), Eric Furlatt (referee), Don Koharski (referee), and Scott Driscoll (linesman) stand at centre ice for the national anthem before a game in Madison Square Garden between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers.

In ice hockey, an official is responsible for enforcing the rules and maintaining order. On-ice officials are present on the ice during the game, and traditionally wear a shirt with black and white vertical stripes. The National Hockey League (NHL) currently employs four on-ice officials in each game—two referees and two linesmen. Referees are identified by their red or orange armbands. They are responsible for the general supervision of the game, assess penalties, and conduct face-offs at the beginning of each period and after a goal is scored. When play is stopped for another reason, the face-offs are conducted by the linesmen. The linesmen are primarily responsible for violations involving the centre line and blue lines, such as icing and offside infractions.

Current referees Edit

Current linesmen Edit

Former NHL officials Edit

Officials in the Hockey Hall of Fame Edit

Year inducted Name Nationality
1961 Elliott, ChaucerChaucer Elliott Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1961 Ion, MickeyMickey Ion Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1961 Smeaton, CooperCooper Smeaton Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1962 Rodden, MikeMike Rodden Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1963 Hewitson, BobbyBobby Hewitson Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1964 Chadwick, BillBill Chadwick Flag of the United States United States
1967 Storey, RedRed Storey Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1973 Udvari, FrankFrank Udvari Flag of Canada.svg Canada/Flag of FR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
1981 Ashley, JohnJohn Ashley Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1987 Pavelich, MattMatt Pavelich Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1988 Hayes, GeorgeGeorge Hayes Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1991 Armstrong, NeilNeil Armstrong Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1993 D'Amico, JohnJohn D'Amico Flag of Canada.svg Canada
1999 Van Hellemond, AndyAndy Van Hellemond Flag of Canada.svg Canada
2008 Scapinello, RayRay Scapinello Flag of Canada.svg Canada

External linksEdit

NHL On-Ice Officials 2009-2010 National Hockey League

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