The first Game 7 of this year’s playoffs will be worked by referees Wes McCauley and Francis Charron — those two zebras have been chosen to officiate tonight’s highly-anticipated series finale between the Blackhawks and Blues.
(Assignments courtesy the NHL’s media site and Scouting the Refs. All assignments are subject to change.)
McCauley, perhaps best known for his dramatic chipmunk goal call, is the veteran of the two — he’s been refereeing games since 2003, Charron since 2010.
The two have worked in tandem on several occasions this postseason, doing games in the Panthers-Islanders, Penguins-Rangers and Capitals-Flyers series.
On the lines, Scott “Wild” Cherrey and Jay “I Have Been Doing This Forever” Sharrers get the plum gig. Sharrers, 48, has been in the league for 26 years and has over 1,500 games on his resume.
To say officiating has been a story in the St. Louis-Chicago series would be an understatement.
Game 2 featured a pair of coach’s challenges — including Joel Quenneville’s successful overturn of Vladimir Tarasenko’s go-ahead marker — and, in Game 4, a late penalty call on Andrew Shaw led to Shaw losing his cool, which resulted in his one-game suspension for using a homophobic slur, and $5,000 fine for “directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials.”
Tonight’s game is at 8:30 p.m. ET from Scottrade. You can catch the game on NBCSN, or stream it live using the NBC Sports Live Extra app.