Tonight’s crew for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final!
Tonight’s referee pairing of Kelly Sutherland and Gord Dwyer officiated Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche, an 8-6 Avs win that saw only 3 called penalties, plus one for an unsuccessful challenge. They also worked Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightninga 4-1 Bolts win with 24 penalty minutes and five power plays.
Sutherland and Dwyer are paired up for the fourth time in these playoffs, having also combined forces for NYR/PIT Game 7 (NYR W 6-2).
The Rangers are 1-2 under Sutherland and 2-0 under Dwyer; Tampa has gone 1-0 under Sutherland and 1-0 under Dwyer.
Kelly Sutherland officiated Round 2 with Jon McIsaac, refereeing TBL/FLA Game 1, NYR/CAR Game 2, and STL/COL Game 4. He skated with Jake Brenk in Round 1, working STL/MIN Game 1, LAK/EDM Game 2, COL/NSH Game 3NYR/PIT Game 4, and TOR/TBL Game 6 (TBL W 4-3).
Gord Dwyer worked most of the postseason along referee Francois St. Laurent. In Round 1, the duo handled TBL/TOR Game 2 (TBL W 5-3)CAR/BOS Game 3, MIN/STL Game 4, LAK/EDM Game 5, and FLA/WSH Game 6. Round 2 saw them take the ice for STL/COL Game 2CGY/EDM Game 3, and CAR/NYR Game 6.
Also of note, referee Gord Dwyer is not former NHL player Gordie Dwyer who played 78 games with the Lightning and 17 with the Rangers from 1999-2003.
Standby Officials: Jean Hebert (#15), Kiel Murchison (#79)
Series Supervisor: TBD
The full lineup of NHL Referees and Linesmen for the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals:
NHL Referees and Linesmen for 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
Here’s how much the officials are getting paid in the postseason:
How Much Do NHL Refs Get Paid in the Playoffs?