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by George Malik on 08/28/13 at 10:38 AM ET
As the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has noted, the Red Wings' annual prospect tournament has produced many NHL'ers--over 400 of 'em, and it will serve as something of a proving ground for the latest group of "can't-miss" prospects this fall. Yesterday, the ECHL announced that the prospect tournament will serve as a showcase of sorts for its referees, too:
The ECHL announced on Tuesday that 14 ECHL on-ice officials, along with Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst and Supervisor Mike Pearce, will work the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. from Sept. 5-9.
Debuting in 1988 with four teams, the NHL Prospects Tournament has expanded to now include eight clubs – Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Teams are divided into two divisions for a three-day round robin tournament, then ranked by their win-loss records for final placement in seventh, fifth, third and Championship games on the final day.
Ernst will be responsible for the selection and scheduling of the officials for each game of the tournament. The officiating staff for the tournament includes eight referees and six linesmen who will work in the ECHL during the 2013-14 season. Pearce will assist in supervising the officials during the tournament.
“The Detroit Red Wings do an outstanding job of hosting this tournament each year, and it is an honor for the ECHL and our staff to be working such a well-respected tournament as Traverse City,” Ernst said. “It will provide our officials excellent experience going into the season as these players are competing for roster spots with their respective NHL clubs. It also allows me and Mike to be able to spend time teaching our officials as well as spend time with them prior to our training camp and season which is invaluable.”
ECHL officials who will work during the Prospects Tournament include referees Don Jablonski (3rd season with the ECHL), Fred Leblanc (5th season with ECHL), Chris Pitoscia (2nd season with the ECHL), Stephen Reneau (1st season with the ECHL), Brett Sheva (2nd season with the ECHL), Peter Tarnaris (1st season with the ECHL), Andy Thackaberry (3rd season with ECHL) and Andrew Wilk (2nd season with the ECHL) as well as linesmen Ryan Daisy (2nd season with ECHL), Francois Dussureault (1st season with ECHL), Shaun Morgan (2nd season with ECHL), Jesse Pletsch (1st season with ECHL), Patrick Richardson (1st season with ECHL) and Jim Scarpace (7th season with the ECHL).
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