Matt Pavelich

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Matt Pavelich
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1987
Born (1934-03-12) March 12, 1934 (age 82)
Park Hill Gold Mines, Ontario, Canada
NHL team Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1955–1986

Matt Pavelich (born March 12, 1934) is a Canadian ice-hockey linesman.

Early career[edit]

He began officiating when he was fourteen, working minor hockey games in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. By the time he was twenty, he was referee-in-chief of the Northern Michigan Intermediate League.

Pavelich worked in the American Hockey League in the 1955–56 season but at age twenty-two, he made his National Hockey League début on October 11, 1956. His older brother Marty Pavelich had been a player with the Detroit Red Wings since 1947 and when the younger Pavelich joined the NHL in 1956, it marked the first time in NHL history that there had been a player/official brother combination.

Career in the NHL[edit]

He retired after 23 years and 1,727 regular season games, second only to Neil Armstrong. He also officiated 245 playoff games, second only to John D'Amico. He also worked seven Stanley Cup Finals. After that Pavelich became the NHL's supervisor of officials for referee-in-chief Scotty Morrison. In 1987, Pavelich was the first linesman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. On January 24, 1979, Pavelich refereed the first period of the game between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. This was because the scheduled referee for the game Bruce Hood, was unable to make it to the Capital Centre in time. Hood arrived late and took over the referee chores at the start of the second period.[1]

Pavelich is in his ninth season with the United Hockey League. He served the league as a Supervisor of Officials as well as the Director of Player Discipline for the first half of the 1998–99 season.

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