Tonight in Buffalo, NY, NHL linesman Mark Shewchyk celebrated his 1,000th NHL Regular Season Game in a matchup between the Boston Bruins and the hometown Sabres. Tonight’s game was game #1,037 for Shewchyk who opted to wait a few months to be able to celebrate this milestone close to home with friends and family. For this special assignment, he was joined on the ice by fellow referees Steve Kozari and Kyle Rehman while linesmen Scott Cherrey was his partner on the lines. Shewchyk, a Hamilton, ON native, worked his first NHL Regular Season Game back on October 9th, 2003 in Nashville when the Anaheim Ducks were in town to play the Predators.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate linesman Mark Shewchyk on this great achievement.
Mark Shewchyk’s bio:
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 only the second 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. Angelo D’Amico preceded him a few years before (father John D’Amico) and became the first ever second-generation NHL on-ice official. Shewchyk 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.