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NHL pre-season won't be interrupted by referee's CBA talks
The NHL pre-season will not be interrupted by job action on the part of on-ice officials, QMI Agency has learned.

Exhibition games are set to begin Sunday and the league’s regular roster of referees and linesmen will report for duty despite not having a collective-bargaining agreement in place.

The officials have no intention of going on strike and expect to have a deal in place by the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

In 2010, the two sides also negotiated while officials worked through...

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ECHL Officials to Work CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game
The ECHL on Thursday announced that four of the League’s officials have been selected to work the third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

The referees for the game are Stephen Reneau and Stephen Thomson while the linesmen are Ryan Madsen and Charlie O’Connor.

Reneau is in his second season in the ECHL after working the Conference Finals in the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Thomson...

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Former Cullitons captain to referee in AHL this fall
Written by Steve Rice - Stratford Beacon Herald   
Kendrick Nicholson never thought about where officiating might lead when he started working minor games in his hometown of Milverton as a teenager 17 years ago.

“When you sign up to do minor hockey Saturday and Sunday mornings in Milverton, you never expect to wake up in Italy or Finland to officiate a game,” the 32-year-old former Stratford Culliton said this week.
“You don’t sign up for that, but it’s definitely a benefit.”

Officiating has certainly taken Nicholson places...

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ECHL Officials to Officiate at NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City
The ECHL announced on Monday that 11 ECHL on-ice officials, including three that attended the NHL Officiating Exposure Camp in Buffalo, N.Y., along with Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst and ECHL Supervisor Mike Pearce, will work the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 12-16.

Debuting in 1988 with four teams, the NHL Prospects Tournament has expanded to now include eight clubs – Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas...

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BG grad chases NHL dream
Written by Ryan Satkowiak - Sentinel Sports Writer   
A dream many kids have growing up is to be a professional athlete in the sport they devote countless hours to.

Growing up, Cody Lang loved hockey. He played at Bowling Green High School, where he graduated in 2012.

Like most kids who grew up around the sport, his dream was to get to the NHL.

Once he realized that reaching “The Show” as a player wasn’t attainable, he didn’t give up his dream, but merely refocused it. Having also officiated hockey games since he was 11, he decided...

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