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Ryan Daisy - First NHL Game

Linesman Daisy to work first game in Columbus tonight

Published: October 13, 2016

Tonight, AHL/NHL linesman Ryan Daisy from Mansfield, Massachusetts will be working his first Regular Season NHL Game when the Boston Bruins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.

He will be joined on the ice by fellow referees Gordie Dwyer and Garrett Rank while his partner on the lines will be veteran Brian Murphy. Daisy a Mansfield, Mass. native, went to school at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He played hockey until his sophomore year of high school where he decided to focus on other aspects of the game. He began refereeing local high schools in Connecticut during his junior year of university.

The 28-year-old linesman was then invited to a USA Hockey Officiating Development Camp and caught the eye of NAHL’s Coordinator of Officials, Chris Allman. He was hired on the spot and worked in the NAHL until he graduated. After his senior year he was promoted to the USHL where he spent one year, and then promoted again to the ECHL, spending three years learning to officiate professionals.

Last season he spent the entire year in the AHL where he was selected to work the 2016 Calder Cup Final.

The NHLOA and its members would like to congratulate Ryan on his first NHL game and wish him a long and successful career.

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The NHLOA (National Hockey League Officials' Association), was born in 1969 out of a need to improve working conditions, salaries and other benefits for officials of the National Hockey League.
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