NHL referee and Vancouver Island native Rob Shick officiated his last NHL game on Saturday, March 7, when the Los Angeles Kings
took on the Minnesota Wild
at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the National Hockey League announced today.
"Rob has been a consummate professional and wonderful teammate over his 23 NHL seasons," said Stephen Walkom, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating. "The great thing about Rob is that he recognized early in his career, the importance of putting the game first and continued serving the game in this capacity each and every night. We look forward to having him join our team for the remainder of the season as a mentor for younger officials."
Shick's first assignment saw the Toronto Maple Leafs
take on the Detroit Red Wings
at Joe Louis Arena on April 6, 1986. He refereed 1,321 regular season games, 130 playoff games, two All-Star Games (1994, 1997) and the 2001 Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils
and Colorado Avalanche
Rob also worked the third longest playoff game in NHL history, the Eastern Conference Semifinal match at Pittsburgh that began on May 4, 2000, and was not decided until the early morning of May 5 when Keith Primeau
of the Philadelphia Flyers
scored 92:01 into overtime to beat the Penguins. Although he is hanging up his skates as an NHL official, Shick will remain within the NHL family for the rest of the season, assisting the Officiating Department with coaching, scouting and mentoring new officials.
Rob remains active in the community of Port Alberni, B.C., by hosting an annual golf tournament that supports local charities. Rob is married and lives in California with his wife and four children.