Red Wings vs. Canadian: a last lap for this Quebec referee

Red Wings vs. Canadian: one last lap for this Quebec referee


Quebec referee Marc Joannette will bid farewell to the National Hockey League on Tuesday evening during the duel between the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings presented at the Bell Centre.&nbsp ;

A native of the Montreal district of Verdun, Joannette will be surrounded by three other officials from La Belle Province for the occasion: referee Francis Charron and linesmen Jonny Murray and Michel Cormier.

Thus, 25 years after the beginning of her long and fruitful career, Joannette will be automatically for a 1520th and last duel of the regular season. He also donned the striped jersey for 172 playoff games and worked in three Stanley Cup finals.

Among his other feats, he also refereed several outdoor games and meetings during the 2010 Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

According to information shared by the National Hockey League Officials Association website, the 54-year-old has began his career at the age of 17, working mainly in junior level games in the Lac Saint-Louis region.

He then spent 11 campaigns as a linesman and referee in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, before making the leap to the professionals in 1998, in the American League. Only two years later, he made his full-time debut on the best hockey circuit in the world.

At the beginning of March, the CH and the New York Rangers had also highlighted the Joannette's 1500th game in the Bettman circuit by presenting her with commemorative jerseys.