Tonight, AHL/NHL linesman Kory Nagy from Walsingham, Ontario will be working his first Regular Season NHL Game when the Los Angeles Kings visit the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA.
He will be joined on the ice by fellow referees Justin St.Pierre and G. Skilliter while his partner on the lines will be veteran Vaughan Rody. Nagy expected to make the NHL, but never expected it to be as an official. The Walsingham, Ont. native played four years in the OHL and was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He spent five years as a professional hockey player, splitting his time between the ECHL and the AHL.
Prior to the 2014-15 season, he was property of the Toronto Maple Leafs and was training for the upcoming season when he was approached by NHL officiating manager, Al Kimmel, to see if he wanted to give it a try. Nagy attended the Officials training combine that summer while training for the Maple Leafs.
During training camp, the intended to send him to the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. Nagy decided that his dream of playing in the NHL was out of reach and he wanted to focus on officiating as a new career path. Nagy was hired under a minor league contract with the NHL this past summer.
The NHLOA and its members would like to congratulate Kory on his first NHL game and wish him a long and successful career.