Michel Cormier

AGE: 44
NHLOA Member since 2003


Birthplace: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Regular Season: 1021 Games (Linesman)
Playoffs: 52 Games

* Game numbers updated as of December 01, 2018



Cormier grew up in St-Louis-de-France, a small town located just outside of Trois-Rivières in the Province of Quebec, Canada.  Cormier grew up surrounded by hockey, as it was everything for the Cormier family as his dad played professionally in the USA for over 12 years. Furthermore, his dad was not the only professional player in the family; Cormier’s uncle, none other than Jean-Guy Talbot, had already made his way to the NHL, where he played over 1056 NHL games and won an impressive 7 Stanley cups.    Michel Jr started off his hockey career at a very young age, just like pretty much every other kids who growing up in Quebec. He played all the way to the Quebec Junior Major League (QJMHL). A couple of years after his playing days were over, Michel Jr wanted to get back into the hockey world and then decided to start officiating in the fall of 1994. Right away, his strong skating abilities and his size caught the officials supervisor’s attention in his hometown, and after just a few years of officiating, Cormier had already being hired by the QJMHL as a linesman.   The year 2003 was a memorable one for Cormier, as he was selected to work the World Junior Championship in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada and, a few months later, he was chosen to work the Memorial Cup in Quebec City.   That summer (2003), former NHL director of officiating Andy Van Hellemond offered Cormier a full time NHL linesman contract.  He then became only the second linesman coming from “La Mauricie” to work in the NHL after Claude Bechard.  On October 10th, 2003, Michel Jr made his official entrance in the big league when he was asked to work his first NHL regular season game when the Los Angeles Kings took on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the old Mellon Arena.  



Milestones


First NHL Game

October 10, 2003

First Playoff Game

April 22, 2006



World Cups


2016 -- Toronto, ON WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY


Outdoor Games


2016 Stadium Series

February 27, 2016
Coors Field
Denver, CO

2014 Heritage Classic

March 2, 2014
BC Place
Vancouver, BC


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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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