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Seven NHL referees, six linesmen going to Sochi

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 10:34 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Road to Sochi blog

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Seven NHL referees, six linesmen going to Sochi

The officiating crews for the 2014 Sochi Olympics were announced by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Monday.

The men's tournament will have a mix of officials from the National Hockey League and international levels. The international officials were selected by the IIHF officiating committee from a pool of 32 candidates for the men's tournament and 22 for the women's.

"All of these candidates are considered to be top officials in their respective club leagues," IIHF officiating manager Konstantin Komissarov said in a statement. "We made our decisions on three main criteria: physical conditioning, performance in their respective national championships, and their ability to work in a team."

The NHL is well represented with seven referees and six linesmen of the 28 total officials (14 referees and linesmen each). Among the referees are NHL veterans Dave Jackson, Mike Leggo, Brad Meier, Tim Peel, Kevin Pollock, Kelly Sutherland and Ian Walsh. Sweden's Marcus Vinnerborg, a one-time NHL referee, will appear in his second Olympic tournament.

The linesmen will include NHL officials Derek Amel, Lonnie Cameron, Greg Devorski, Brad Kovachik, Andy McElman and Jesse Wilmot.

"This last point is very important for the Olympics, with mixed crews we need to have officials with good communication and teamwork skills so that they can work effectively with each other," Komissarov said.

On the women's side, the group includes Mélanie Bordeleau, who has three IIHF Worlds under her belt and was the first Canadian woman to work as head referee at the 2012 Women's World Championship gold medal game. Joy Tottman, a British referee who worked at the Torino Games and Vancouver Games was also chosen on the women's side.

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