Stéphane Auger
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Born Stéphane Auger
December 9 1970 (1970-12-09) (age 49)
Montreal, Quebec
Occupation NHL referee

Stéphane Auger (born December 9, 1970, in Montreal, Quebec) is a National Hockey League (NHL) referee who wears uniform number 15.[1] Auger began his career as an official at the age of 16 as a part time job in the winter. He began officiating provincial midget hockey and moved up to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before turning to the professional ranks.[2] He joined the National Hockey League Officials Association in 1994 and officiated his first NHL game on April 1, 2000, a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and host New York Islanders.[1] He has officiated over 500 NHL games in his career, including 10 playoff games. [1]


Auger has twice been caught up in on-ice controversy. In an NHL game on December 13, 2005, in Montreal, he assessed Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan a misconduct penalty after concluding he verbally abused an official and made culturally insensitive comments against the referees, who were French-Canadian. The NHL reviewed the allegations against Doan and concluded that they were baseless.[3] After a game on January 11, 2010, Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows accused Auger of having a personal vendetta resulting from an incident in a previous game. Burrows stated that Auger told him before the game that he was going to "get him back" for making the official look bad previously.[4] Burrows received four penalties in the third period of the game, a Vancouver loss against the Nashville Predators.[5] The league investigated Burrows' claims and concluded that they could not be substantiated, while stating that "Referee Auger’s intentions were beyond reproach."[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stéphane Auger's profile at
  2. Villemure, Rémi (2009-02-13). Stéphane Auger, profession : arbitre (French). Retrieved on 2010-01-13.
  3. "Shane Doan takes legal action against Liberal MP", CBC News, 2006-01-18. 
  4. Burrows fined for comments regarding referee. The Sports Network (2010-01-12). Retrieved on 2010-01-13.
  5. Nashville 3, Vancouver 2. ESPN (2010-01-11). Retrieved on 2010-01-13.
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