Tonight in Uniondale, NY, NHL veteran Linesman Tony Sericolo will be working his 1,500th Regular Season & Final NHL Game when the New Jersey Devils visit the New York Islanders. Sericolo will be celebrating this dual milestone game exactly where he made his NHL debut back on October 21, 1998 (Oilers vs Islanders). Joining him on the ice tonight for this special assignment, will be referees Ian Walsh and Brian Pochmara while veteran linesman Brad Kovachik will be his partner on the lines.
In his 23 years of service, Tony was selected to work several major assignments including: the 2006 Torino Italy Olympics, the 2014 Stadium Series outdoor game at Yankee Stadium (Buffalo Sabres vs New Jersey Devils), the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus OH and the 2018 Winter Classic held at Citi Field, NY where the Buffalo Sabres played the New York Rangers. He will be leaving the ice tonight with a final count of 1,500th NHL Regular Season games and 34 NHL Playoffs games.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate NHL linesman Tony Sericolo on a terrific career and wishes him the best of luck in his future projects.
TONY SERICOLO BIO:
The Troy, NY native started playing hockey at the age of 8 years old. Sericolo who later served as the captain of the men’s hockey team at the American International College (AIC) and where he was part in his junior year of the Yellow Jackets’s team that captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Championship started officiating after graduating from the Springfield, MA institution. His officiating journey first started with youth hockey games for USA Hockey but his talent was quickly recognized making him move through the level at a quick pace. Under the guidance of another AIC Alumnus, former NHL linesman Kevin Collins, Sericolo reached the American Hockey League soon after where he would work two Calder Cup Finals. Eight years after trading his stick for a whistle, Sericolo was offered a minor-league linesman contract by the National Hockey League in the summer of 1998. Three days after being hired by the NHL, his oldest daughter was born on August 4th which prompt him to choose jersey number 84, signifying her birth month and day. He would work one full season under the minor-league status before being promoted as a full-time NHL linesman the following summer (1999).