Devorski, 39, is the product of an officiating family -- his father, Bill, was a referee for 35 years in the Ontario Hockey Association and his brother, Paul, is an NHL referee. His hometown of Guelph, Ontario, is renowned for developing a group of distinguished officials that also includes current NHL referee Bill McCreary and 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Ray Scapinello. Devorski has worked 968 career regular-season games and lists among his career highlights the assignments for the gold medal game in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey between Canada and Finland and Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final between the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers.
Joannette, 40, grew up one block from fellow All-Star referee Pierre Racicot in Verdun, Quebec. He began his career refereeing minor hockey games in Verdun, a 10-minute drive from Bell Centre, before making his way through the junior ranks, first as a linesman then as a referee. He debuted in the NHL during the 1999-00 season and finally realized a career goal by working his first Stanley Cup Final game on May 26, 2008, when the Detroit Red Wings hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.
Meier, 41, was born in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Saskatchewan, where he began his officiating career with the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association at the age of 12 - refereeing his younger brother's games. The nine-year NHL veteran has worked 550 career regular-season games and boasts an extensive international resume that includes the 1995 World Junior Championships in Red Deer, Alta., the 1996 World Championships in Vienna and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.
Racicot, 41, will be making his NHL All-Star Game debut after amassing over 1,000 regular-season games of experience. The Verdun, Quebec native first donned the black and white stripes refereeing minor hockey in his hometown at the age of 14 after answering an ad in the local paper. He appeared in those same stripes on October 12, 1993 making his NHL debut, eight years later at The Spectrum in Philadelphia as the Flyers played host to the Buffalo Sabres. But it is still Racicot’s first game at the Montreal Forum, the rink that is prominent in his childhood memories, that tops the list of his most memorable games.