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Your New Jersey-Florida Game 7 officials are…

Apr 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Dan ORourke

The referees for tonight’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal Game 7 between the Devils and Panthers are Dan O’Rourke (#9) and Chris Rooney (#5).

Working the lines will be Steve “Gangster of Love” Miller (#89) and Pierre “Red Light” Racicot (#65).


— Things to know about O’Rourke:

1) In February, he was embroiled in the “Erik Karlsson is a diver” incident.

2) He worked Game 1 of the Kings-Canucks series, which featured a questionable opening goal (Ryan Kesler jostled Jonathan Quick, Burrows scored), followed by Kesler getting a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty for show-showering Quick. Of note, this game also featured Byron Bitz getting five and a game for boarding.

3) He worked Game 2 of the Phoenix-Chicago series, which saw a questionable goalie interference call on Jonathan Toews and a five-minute charging major/game misconduct to Andrew Shaw for running Mike Smith.

— Rooney’s claim to fame this postseason was working Game 1 of Detroit-Nashville, during which Wings head coach Mike Babcock said the following:

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— There’s not much to say about Miller and/or Racicot.

Instead, let’s watch Chris Rooney go down in YouTube lore!

  1. ray2013 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Is the NHL now down at the NBA officiating level, where you need to look at the referees to figure out who’ll win?

  2. jaysfan64 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Ha ha “Red Light” Racicot…I’d forgotten about him….

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Canadian born referees refereeing American teams playing in Canada on a Saturday night have been one of my strongest handicapping variables since sports betting became prevalent in the great white north…to people who don’t believe that, thank you, I’ve enjoyed your money immensely! First thing I look at are officials tracking teams on swings through Canada…

    • ray2013 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      So I should be betting on Canadian teams when they play American teams when they have a Canadian referee? That’s the most interesting thing I’ve read today. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. grillmarks - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    O’Rourke is a family friend… goooo Dano.

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