Today mark the start of the 2018 All-Star weekend in Tampa Bay, FL and the NHL and the Lightning are ready to kick off the festivities. This is the second time that Tampa is hosting the mid-season showcase after previously hosting the 1999 NHL All-Star game. The NHL All-Star Sills Competition will take place on Saturday January 27 while the NHL All-Star Game will be played on Sunday January 28 at 3:30 ET. The exciting 3-on-3 tournament format will return this year after successful games in Nashville and Los Angeles in the past two events.
The National Hockey League on-ice official’s selection process for this celebration combine seniority and performance and this year’s officiating crew is no exception. The referees selected to work the 2018 NHL All-Star Game are veteran Dave Jackson (2nd NHL All-Star Game appaerence, Los Angeles 2002) and Wes McCauley (1st NHL All-Star Game). Jackson who was hired by the National Hockey League in 1989 made his NHL debut on December 22, 1990 in Quebec city at the old Colisée when the New jersey Devils were in town to play the now-defunct Nordiques. Jackson, just recently joined a very select group of referees by reaching the 1,500 NHL Regular Season Games milestone and is set to retire after this season. Referee Wes McCauley who made his NHL Debut on January 20, 2003 in Columbus, OH when the Blackhawks were in town to play the Blue Jackets will be working his first NHL All-Star Game this weekend. McCauley has been selected to work the past five Stanley Cup Finals and is the son of former NHL Director of Officiating John McCauley.
Joining Jackson and McCauley to complete the officiating crew will be linesmen Brian Mach (1st NHL All-Star Game) and Mark Shewchyk (1st NHL All-Star Game). Mach, a veteran of 17 NHL Seasons made his debut on October 7, 2000 in Raleigh, NC when the Washington Capitals played the Hurricanes. He reached the 1,000 NHL Regular Season Game milestone a couple of years ago in 2015 when he stepped on the ice to work a game in Minnesota (Oct.30 – CHI at MIN). Shewchyk, who was hired by the NHL in 2003, became the first ever second-generation (after his father Dave) to work an NHL Regular Season Game as an NHL on-ice official when he took the ice for his first NHL game on October 9th, 2003 in Nashville, TN when the Predators hosted the Anaheim Ducks. His father Dave was an NHL on-ice official from 1968 To 1976. Shewchyk will be hitting the 1,000 NHL Regular Season Game milestone later this year but will be celebrating the event early next season.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate referees Jackson and McCauley and linesmen Mach and Shewchyk for their selection to work the 2018 NHL All-Star Game and wish them a fun and exciting weekend.