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Refs named for Premiere games

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
Preparations for the 2009 NHL Premiere series in Stockholm and Helsinki are in full swing and Wednesday the NHL named the referees and linesmen that will be officiating the four games involving Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago and Florida on Oct. 2-3.

Referees Greg Kimmerly and Bill McCreary and linsemen Shane Heyer and Lyle Seitz will work the Red Wings' games against the Blues at Stockholm's Globe Arena. Both games will be played at 3 p.m. EDT.

Having worked more than 1,500 regular-season games, McCreary was assigned to the 2009 Stanley Cup finals between the Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the 14th time that the Guelph, Ontario native had worked a Cup finals series.

Kimmerly, of Toronto, worked his first NHL game in 1996.

Referees Dan Marouelli and Brad Watson will be joined on the ice by linesmen Scott Driscoll and Tim Nowak during the two games in Helsinki's Hartwall Arena between the Blackhawks and Panthers.

This is the third-straight season the NHL is taking its brand overseas for regular season games. Los Angeles and Anaheim opened the 2007-08 season in London. The Premiere expanded to four teams last season when the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay played in Prague and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators squared off in Stockholm.

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