Tonight, NHL Linesman Mark Wheler will be working the final game of his 26-year NHL career in Calgary, AB. He will take the ice one last time as the San Jose Sharks visit the hometown Flames. Joining him on the ice tonight, will be fellow referees Brad Watson and Brad Meier while veteran linesman Brian Murphy will be his partner on the lines.
The North Battleford (Saskatchewan) native made his NHL debut on October 10, 1992 in the same building where he will be dropping the puck for the last time tonight. He was joined on the ice that night by now retired referee Dan Marouelli and linesman Swede Knox. The final score saw the home team winning the game with a final score of 3-2, a game that featured five players now inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame; Al MacInnis, Doug Gilmour, Glenn Anderson, Joe Nieuwendyk and Sergei Makarov. Named the Olympic Saddledome back in 1992, one of today’s oldest arena on the circuit, was also home for Wheler’s 1,500th NHL Regular Season Game on February 20, 2015.
Wheler will be leaving the ice tonight with an impressive list of accomplishments during his 26 year tenure with the NHL. He will be hanging his skates with a final count of 1,735 NHL Regular Season Games and 111 NHL Playoffs Games. During his officiating journey, Wheler was also selected three times to work the prestigious Stanley Cup Finals (2001,2002,2003), worked the 2001 NHL All-Star Game in Denver, Colorado, worked two outdoor games (2011-Calgary & 2017-St.Louis) and was part of the officiating crew that represented the NHL at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
It is always hard to say goodbye to such a great teammate but the NHLOA would like to congratulate linesman Mark Wheler for his terrific career and wishes him all the best for his retirement. Well done Wheels!