Mark Shewchyk

AGE: 42
NHLOA Member since 2003


Birthplace: Hamilton, ON
Regular Season: 944 Games (Linesman)
Playoffs: 26 Games

* Game numbers updated as of November 01, 2017



Shewchyk a native of Hamilton, Ontario started officiating at the age of 23. His playing days saw him reaching the Junior levels with his last season at 19 playing for the Flamborough Gamblers. His dad, Dave Shewchyk was an NHL official from 1968 to 1976 and played a big role on Mark’s early development as a hockey official. He went on and attended the North American School of Officiating in his first year of officiating and was hired from that clinic to work the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). He would go on and learn the ropes in the OHA in his first year of officiating. The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) hired him as a linesman the following year (summer of 1999) at age 24. Shewchyk continued to work the OHA at the same time for the following two seasons. His hard work and his understanding of the game made him early on a prime prospect for the National Hockey League Officiating Team. In his second year with the OHL as a linesman, Shewchyk was identified as a good candidate for the NHL and was assigned to work some American Hockey League (AHL) games in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He would go on and work his last two seasons as an amateur official, working primary the OHL and working a handful of AHL game every year. The big promotion came in the summer of 2003 when Andy Van Hellomond, the NHL Director of Officiating back then, offered him an NHL full time linesman contract while he was attending the annual NHL Officiating Prospect Summer Camp in Guelph, Ontario. Shewchyk became the first ever second-generation (after his father Dave) to work an NHL Regular Season Game as an NHL on-ice official when he took the ice for his first NHL game on October 9th, 2003 in Nashville, TN when the Predators hosted the Anaheim Ducks. He also worked the 2014 Winter Classic Game at the “Big House” (Michigan Stadium) in Ann Arbor, Michigan an outdoor game that set an NHL attendance record of 105,491 spectators. The Detroit Red Wings hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs on that cold winter day. Mark is married to his wife Donna and has four beautiful children; Vanessa, Isabella, Ava and Cole. He still calls Hamilton, Ontario home.



Milestones


First NHL Game

October 9, 2003

First Playoff Game

April 15, 2009



Outdoor Games


2014 Winter Classic

January 1, 2014
Michigan Stadium
Ann Arbor, MI


Featured Articles



Tagged Articles


2nd Round Officials - 2017
Tom Chmielewski - First NHL Game

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.
...Read more...