The Maritimes have produced some the of best players in the world. You can add officials to that list as well. Six proud Maritimers will skating a long side the games brightest and biggest stars in the National Hockey League Stanly Cup Playoffs which kick off tonight.
Referees Jon McIsaac, Chris Lee, Jean Hebert, Gord Dwyer along with linesman Matt MacPherson and Jesse Marquis have been selected to participate in the postseason.
Officiating NHL playoff hockey is extremely competitive. It’s a massive accomplishment to make the cut and only select few are ever chosen for the Stanley Cup Finals.
Five of the six officials have all experienced the NHL post season before, but Bouctouche, New Brunswick’s own Jesse Marquis will be getting the nod for the first time in his career.
This playoff assignment is no doubt extra special for Marquis who sustained a head injury after getting hit by a dump in on March 10, 2022.
Hockey dreams are never black and white, but this Maritime group of six all got their start in the game in same local associations as all of the us.
They all travelled up and down the roads in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and have worked tirelessly to get to this point in their careers.
Atlantic Canada always takes great pride in all of our NHLer’s, but it’s definitely time that we recognize the massive impact our Maritime born officials have had on the game locally and across the hockey world largest stage.
From the Maritimes to the bright lights of the NHL these six official’s passion and love for the game is truly unparalleled.
As in previous years, the NHL will cut down the pool of officials after each round of the playoffs. The crew will be cut to 12 referees and 12 linesmen for Round 2.
For more information and stats on all four officials check out: http://nhlofficials.com