Tonight, AHL/NHL Referee Furman South will be working his first Regular NHL Season Game when the Vancouver Canucks will visit the Arizona Coyotes at the Gila River Arena in Glendale AZ.
He will be joined on the ice by fellow referee Francois St.Laurent while Darren Gibbs and Trent Knorr will be working the lines. South is from a small town just outside of Pittsburgh called Sewickley, home to just under 4,000 people. He played hockey since he was a child through to Junior A where he played for the EJHL’s Bay State Breakers. His play with the Breakers and his academic aptitude led him to be offered an NCAA Division 1 scholarship at Robert Morris University where he graduated with a Biology degree.
The 28-year-old had a choice to make after that, he was accepted to medical school but he didn’t want to leave his hockey life behind. After trying coaching, he found that officiating was something that came natural to him. He went to the NHL Exposure Combine where afterwards he had he had the opportunity to work within the USA Hockey junior program. South decided to pursue the officiating option and moved his way up through the NAHL, USHL, AHL, and now the NHL in just three years since he had to make career decision.
The NHLOA and its members would like to congratulate Furman on his first NHL game and wish him a long and successful career.