Last game for Jimmy Doyle

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Last Saturday on St. Patrick's Day, the long and illustrious officiating career of Jim Doyle's came to an end. Jim, a native New Yorker, American League Linesman and former member of the NHL trainee staff put his whistle away for the last time on March 17 in Hershey. He worked his final professional game that night with fellow AHL linesman Leo Boylan and NHL/AHL referee Dean Morton after 30 years in the business. His family, wife Susan, daughter Melissa, Meghan and Miranda were in Hershey to help celebrate his wonderful career with him.

Jim began officiating amateur hockey in northern New Jersey under AHAUS (pre USA Hockey) and quickly rose to the professional ranks. He began doing games in the old NAHL then moved on to the AHL as a linesman. After being noticed in the AHL by former NHL Director of Officiating Scotty Morrison he was hired to be a member of the NHL trainee program in 1980. As a trainee he worked major junior and minor leagues all over Canada and the United States. The list of the leagues he worked include AHL, CHL, IHL, EHL, OHL and WHL. Among his career highlights he was selected to work three Calder Cup Finals and one AHL All-Star game. He was also assigned to work the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, representing the US as a linesman. In 1982 he was sent to Helsinki Finland to work the World Championships, there he was selected to referee the championship game.

His career has allowed him to work with all but two of the current NHL referees and several of the linesmen. While he looks forward to working his last game he can't help but remember his longtime partner, travel companion and friend, Mike Condon who sadly passed away in 2001. Jim's longevity in the business is a testament to his hard work, dedication and great respect for officiating.

Jim plans on staying involved in the officiating world. He recently began supervising games in the ECHL and continues his role as video goal judge for the NHL in Philadelphia. On behalf of the NHLOA we salute a great official and longtime friend on his outstanding career.

Ian Walsh, NHL Referee