Veteran Ref works 1500th

Friday, April 07, 2006

On Saturday, April 8th 2006, veteran National Hockey League Referee Don Koharski will work his 1500th Regular Season NHL game in Tampa Bay, when the Lightning play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Don, or “KOHO”, as he is affectionately known by his colleagues and friends, is in his 29th season with the NHL Officiating Staff, being hired full-time on September 1st, 1977 and working his first NHL game on November 18, 1981, Colorado vs. Washington. He worked his 1000th National Hockey League regular season game in October of 1996. His longevity and success at the NHL level is a true testament of Koho’s love for the game of hockey and his total commitment to professionalism at all times.

The Dartmouth, Halifax native will share in this special milestone occasion with his wife Susan and their two sons, Jamie and Kevin. Working the game with Koho, will be veteran official Mark Pare, himself a 27 year NHL Linesman, as well as Referee Wes McCauley and Linesman Angelo D’Amico, both of who’s Fathers, John McCauley and John D'Amico, were outstanding NHL Officials and former colleagues of Koho’s, giving the game an even more special feeling for Koho and his family.

Koho’s career has been highlighted by many accomplishments, such as 11 Stanley Cup Finals, with the first one being the 1986 Final – Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames. He also worked the 1987 & 1991 Canada Cups and was selected to Referee the 1992 All Star game in Philadelphia and 2000 All Star game in Toronto. He also worked the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Don Koharski is not only one of the most respected Officials in the game of hockey, but he is also loved and respected by his peers at the NHL level. He has been a loyal member of the NHL Officials Association for many years, serving on its Executive Board in the past. His fellow NHL Officials want to extend their congratulations to Koho and his Family on this milestone achievement of 1500 NHL Regular Season games and wish him continued health, happiness and success. You deserve it KOHO!!