Referee Dean Morton’s career will come full circle tonight in Calgary, AB where he will lace his skates one last time, officiating the Detroit Red Wings and the hometown Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The man who has been wearing the striped jersey #36 for the past 22 seasons with the NHL will work his last game in the same building where he made his big league debut 33 seasons ago. Morton, a former professional hockey player, skated in one National Hockey League game in his playing career. On October 5th, 1989, he wore jersey #5 for the Detroit Red Wings when in town to face the Flames. The Red Wings lost that game 10-7 in a barn-burner but the Peterborough, Ontario native made history that night becoming only the third player in NHL history back then to score a goal in his first NHL Regular Season Game.
His hand-picked crew for this evening will be referee Brad Meier while David Brisebois and Brad Kovachik will join him on the lines. Morton will leave the ice tonight with a final total of 1,005 NHL Regular Season Games, 5 NHL Playoffs Games and was also selected to work the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, CA.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate referee Dean Morton for an incredible career, well done “Mortee”!