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Here are your 2013 Stanley Cup finals officials

Jun 9, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

Joel Quenneville AP

Fans in Boston and Chicago will have plenty of players on the opposing teams to voice their displeasure with, but it’s the guys in stripes that will hear most of the grief everywhere. Which guys get the call of working the Stanley Cup finals? Mark Spector of Sportsnet shares the list via Twitter.

Referees: Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Chris Rooney, Brad Watson (pictured)

Linesmen: Shane Heyer, Brian Murphy, Pierre Racicot, Jay Sharrers

One notable omission from the list of referees is former NHL Head of Officiating Stephen Walkom. Walkom came under fire during the Western Conference semifinals for calling matching penalties late in Game 7 between Chicago and Detroit while the Blackhawks scored what they thought was the go-ahead goal. Chicago, of course, scored in overtime to make the call a mere footnote, but the moment wasn’t forgotten.

The officials have come under a lot of scrutiny throughout the playoffs and that doesn’t figure to stop now that we’re in the finals. Both teams play tough and on the edge at times. Will they let them play or will we see the calls pick up now that everyone is watching?

  1. giantssb42champs - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Go Hawks!!

    • nhloon - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Bruins in 6 !

  2. esracerx46 - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Chicago plays tough? Wow never thought I’d hear that.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    This will be an historical match up to say the least. First original 6 SCF match up since 1979, and last ever between these 2 teams after the Hawks move to the EC. B’s vs Pens was highly anticipated, but was very disappointing because one team was late to the dance. Hopefully these 2 teams will live up to the hype. Who wins is beyond me. Again, please give us 7 games of incredible emotionally filled games.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Chicago is moving to the EC? When did this happen?

      • drewsylvania - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Think he meant Wings.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Hehehehe! Duh! Their not!

  4. pensman29 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Joey I thought I read on this sight that with the new realignment, teams from the same division could play one another in the cup finals. Like pens/flyers senators/Canadians. Am I wrong, or can these two teams hypothetically still play each other in the cup finals.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      The SCF has not changed in that it will still be east versus west.

      The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still consist of 16 teams, eight in each conference, but it will be division-based and a wild-card system has been added.

      The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season points and regardless of division. It will be possible, then, for one division to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends three.

      The seeding of the wild-card teams within each divisional playoff will be determined on the basis of regular-season points. The division winner with the most points in the conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the fewest points; the division winner with the second-most points in the conference will play the wild-card team with the second fewest points.

      The teams finishing second and third in each division will play in the first round of the playoffs. The winners of each series will play for berths in the conference championship series.

      The winners of the conference championships advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

  5. nepo784 - Jun 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    These clowns better not mess up the most prominent SCF matchup in years! I pray for 7 intense games that aren’t screwed up by the zebras. This series will be the definition of PLAYOFF HOCKEY n not that bit h game they play in PIT n LA.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      These clowns, led by the head BOZO Walkom have been screwing it up the entire playoffs, what makes you think they are suddenly going to be any good? Myself, I’m worried that I’m going to stay up late, watch a game go into overtime and then see some team get screwed like Pittsburgh did when Jagr pitchforked Malkin for the game winning goal. My faith is somewhat restored with the exclusion of Walkom from the SCF, but he never should have been reffing in the last round after his total brain fart when he tried to screw the Hawks. I’m no Hawks fan, but the NHL made a big mistake when then continued using Walkom in the last round. Let’s just hope and pray that the players decide this series and I further hope and pray for a big improvement in officiating next year.

  6. buckeye044 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Rooney? Ugh

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I hope the whistles get put away for the whole series and we can quit the nonsense of calling penalties in overtime.

    • nofunleague - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Sorry but I would like the rule book to be adhered to the entire game. third period and OT. Baseball, football, and basketball use the same rules the whole game. I want them to play but holding and tripping late in the game are still fouls. Just no ticky tack stuff.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        You’re completely incorrect. Football is the worst example you could have used; holding happens on every play, pass interference can be called on nearly any throw. Football is defined by what type of game the officials decide to call.
        Basketball is the exact same way. You can even track games based upon the refs and how they call home and away teams.

        If you had an understanding of hockey you would know that an interference breaking up a scoring chance has the exact same definition in the rule book that an interference behind the play has. Guess which one the officials will call? On-ice officials are given directives of points of emphasis during different parts of the season to reign in the game. Adhering to the rule book is something morons say who don’t understand the flow or play of hockey.

    • mfa37 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Hey moron. Living in the 1980’s? Different game. Penalties are called now. Deal with it.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        I must have missed when the NHL adopted the no penalties standard in the 80s but I’m glad you’re able to educate us all on that time period, thanks!

  8. letsgopens8771 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    O’Halloran. Sheesh.

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