List of NHL on-ice officials

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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 inductedNameNationality
1961Elliott, ChaucerChaucer ElliottCanada
1961Ion, MickeyMickey IonCanada
1961Smeaton, CooperCooper SmeatonCanada
1962Rodden, MikeMike RoddenCanada
1963Hewitson, BobbyBobby HewitsonCanada
1964Chadwick, BillBill ChadwickUnited States
1967Storey, RedRed StoreyCanada
1973Udvari, FrankFrank UdvariSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1981Ashley, JohnJohn AshleyCanada
1987Pavelich, MattMatt PavelichCanada
1988Hayes, GeorgeGeorge HayesCanada
1991Armstrong, NeilNeil ArmstrongCanada
1993D'Amico, JohnJohn D'AmicoCanada
1999Van Hellemond, AndyAndy Van HellemondCanada
2008Scapinello, RayRay ScapinelloCanada

     = Deceased

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