Dan Schachte – 1958 – 2022

Dan Schachte

The NHLOA is saddened today to learn that alumni linesman Dan Schachte has passed away at the age of 64.

Dan was beloved by all who were fortunate enough to work with him.

‘Snook’ will be missed by many former and current NHL officials and the NHLOA would like to extend our condolences to his wife Kim, his children, and his entire family at this difficult time.

Daniel John Schachte (born July 13, 1958 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a former linesman in the National Hockey League

Schachte worked his first game in the NHL on October 1, 1982 in the old Chicago Stadium. (Chicago Blackhawks vs Toronto Maple Leafs.) On January 3, 2004, Schachte worked his 1,500th game in St. Louis Missouri in a match between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks. Eight years later, on February 18, 2012 in St. Louis Missouri, Schachte became the fifth official ever to work 2,000 games, in a match between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild. He was the first and is 1 of 2 American officials to work 2,000 games. He officiated his final NHL game a month later in Chicago on March 18, 2012 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals. The Blackhawks won 5-2. He worked 2,009 games total over 30 years.

He wore uniform number 47 from the 1994-95 season until he retired. He worked the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and five Stanley Cup Finals in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002, which includes a game 7 in 2001 between New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche. He most recently worked as the Supervisor of Officials for Hockey East Association.


To visit Dan’s alumni profile please click here.