Tonight in Sunrise, FL, NHL veteran Linesman Pierre Racicot will be working his final National Hockey League game when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Florida Panthers. He will be joined on the ice by fellow referees Kelly Sutherland and Frederick L’Ecuyer while his partner on the lines will be linesman Jonny Murray.
Pierre will be leaving the ice tonight with an impressive resume. His 1,880 NHL Regular Season Games will rank him 14th all-time by any NHL officials in history. His astonishing 254 NHL Playoffs games also currently places him 7th all time. “Racer” made his NHL debut on October 12th, 1993 in Philadelphia at the old Spectrum when the Buffalo Sabres where in town to play the Flyers. Since then, Racicot has worked 10 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, the 2004 and 2016 World Cups of Hockey, the 2006 Torino Italy Olympics, the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park (Rangers vs Flyers) and the 2018 Stadium Series game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD (Maple Leafs vs Capitals).
The NHLOA would like to congratulate NHL linesman Pierre Racicot on a terrific career and wishes him the best of luck in his future projects.
Pierre Racicot bio:
Racicot who wears uniform number #65, was born and raised in Verdun, Quebec. Just like any other French Canadian kids of his era, Racicot grew up dreaming of being the next Guy Lafleur while playing hockey. His father, André, was involved in the Verdun Minor Hockey Association, which had young Pierre spending most of his days at the arena, so when he saw an advertisement asking for officials at the age of 14, he decided to give it a try. He then started his officiating journey along with his childhood friend and current NHL referee Marc Joannette working kid’s games at the Atom and Peewee levels earning five or six dollars per game. Racicot playing career ended at the age of 18 to allow him to devote more time to his studies at the University of Montreal where he would later graduate with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology. By that time, he had already reached the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as a linesman and also started to work at a youth center in Valleyfield, QC. The National Hockey League officiating department quickly identified Racicot’s talent while working in the QMJHL and offered him a NHL Linesman contract in the summer of 1993.