August 8, 1963
North Bay, Ontario
Stephen Walkom (born August 8, 1963 in North Bay, Ontario), is a professional National Hockey League referee and formerly served as vice president and director of officiating for the National Hockey League (NHL).
Walkom worked referee, until retiring August 3 2005 when he elevated to the management position. Walkom succeeded Andy Van Hellemond as director of officiating, who resigned under controversy in mid-July 2004.
As a referee, he was hired in 1990 after a successful amateur career that included obtaining Level VI certification - the highest in Hockey Canada's Officiating Program - and refereeing in the Memorial Cup tournament. In the NHL (where he wore uniform number 24 from the 1994–95 NHL season until his retirement), he officiated more than 600 regular season games, 84 Stanley Cup playoff games, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and two Stanley Cup Finals. Walkom was also president of the National Hockey League Officials Association, the labor union that represents NHL referees and linesmen.
The Sports Businnes Journal released Walkom's annual salary in July, 2010, to be US$488,736 per year.
On August 25, 2009 he announced his decision to step-down from his position as the NHL's Director of Officiating to allow him to attempt a comeback at on-ice officiating as a referee. His first game back as an NHL Referee was October 21, 2009 when Florida hosted Buffalo.
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Andy Van Hellemond
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2005 - 2009