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NHL announces second round referees

Mark Shewchyk, Antti Niemi, Kelly Sutherland, Jonathan Toews

Referee Mark Shewchyk, center, looks for the puck in Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi’s equipment as referee Kelly Sutherland, right, and the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews look on during the first period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey Western Conference first-round playoff game against the Nashville Predators Saturday, April 24, 2010, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Sure, I have moments when I scream at the TV as if it will react to my venom just like any other fan. That being said, in the grand scheme of things, it pains me when fans use the zebras as an excuse for a defeat. Still, it’s perhaps the nature of a fan to do so. With that noted, here’s a look at the referees set to blow whistles (or intend to blow whistles?) in the second round of the playoffs (according to

Bill McCreary and Paul Devorski, two of the NHL’s most senior referees, are among the 12 men picked to look over the on-ice action for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

... Shane Heyer, Brad Lazarowich, Jean Morin and Brian Murphy all have well over 100 games of playoff experience, and have officiated more than 1,000 regular-season games. Murphy and Lazarowich have worked more than 175 playoff games each.

Other referees given second-round assignments are Eric Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Chris Lee, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Kevin Pollock, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson.

The other linesmen selected are Derek Amell, Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll, Steve Miller, Jonny Murray, Thor Nelson, Pierre Racicot and Jay Sharrers.

Prepare your heckles accordingly.