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NHL announces Stanley Cup Final referees

Jun 4, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

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The NHL has announced the four referees that will be working this year’s Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and Kings.

Steve Kozari, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran and Brad Watson have been selected to officiate, per the league’s PR department. The linesmen will be Derek Amell, Scott Driscoll, Shane Heyer and Brad Kovachik.

McCauley, O’Halloran and Watson are all returnees from last year’s Cup Final; Kozari is making his Stanley Cup Final debut (and has been working with Watson since Round 2.) O’Halloran and McCauley were teamed up late in Round 2 and have been working together ever since. It’s worth noting this is Watson’s eighth Final, the most among any of the four referees assigned.

One interesting linesman assignment is Driscoll, who was engaged in the altercation that saw Dan Carcillo get hit with a 10-game suspension (later reduced to six.)

Kozari and Watson will work tonight’s Game 1 at Staples Center, with Heyer and Driscoll working the lines.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Key to a great series !!! #1 Don’t fall for the embellishments #2# Don’t fall for embellishment and #3 don’t fall for embellishment ! Good night and good hockey !

    • terrier92 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      neither of these two team embellishes. Should be good series

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        Everyone embellishes. Nobody calls it. [Insert joey-esque condescension here]

      • petersteelewannabe - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        LA doesn’t too much but the NY Rangers? Yeah…I’m gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Hi Elmer. The bandwagon jumper. But I understand. Welcome.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      bandwagon jumper ,,,,, iam sorry dont get that one

  3. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Also the Canadians have been eliminated. So no embellishments.As I click post my head snapped back in memory of the Habs…

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Right on terrier92!!!

  5. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Philly fan rooting for the Rangers. Get it!? If it was the flyers playing LA tonight is be wearing an LA jersey. Elmerbrownunderdog remember??lol

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      did you start drinking early your not making any sense once my flyers were eliminated i have been pulling for the rangers to get to the cup and after the flyers series i stated the rangers will be the stanley cup champions put the booze down

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        UMMMM what? Fandom doesn’t work that way. I wasn’t cheering for the Habs to win the Calder Cup this year. Get your life in order.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Thats because your a shallow loser

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM


  7. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    We argued in round one Elmer. Watch hockey now. Go Rangers!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      I understand your super pumped for the start of the series hence your electrolites are not firing on all cylinders calm down sit back relax and stop bashing hockey fans that are rooting for your team

  8. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Wow dude I know you’ve been rooting. Hence the bandwagon jumper statement and welcome. Have a good night Elmer.

  9. bricevjohnson - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Wes McCauley has been BRUTAL in these playoffs! Nobody is perfect, but this guy consistently blows calls going both ways, then makes up phantom calls to cover his ass. Watson, O’Halloran and Kozari have all done a great job, but I really do question McCauley being ‘rewarded’ the cup finals.

    • njtarheel - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      guess i should have been more prepared for that abomination of a non-call on the King interference during the LA goal, that brought them within 1. still livid over that sequence.

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