Furman South

AGE: 32
NHLOA Member since 2016

Birthplace: Sewickley, PA
Regular Season: 75 Games (Referee)

* Game numbers updated as of June 11, 2020

South is from a small town just outside of Pittsburgh called Sewickley, home to just under 4,000 people. He played hockey since he was a child through to Junior A where he played for the EJHL’s Bay State Breakers. His play with the Breakers and his academic aptitude led him to be offered an NCAA Division 1 scholarship at Robert Morris University where he graduated with a Biology degree. The 28-year-old had a choice to make after that, he was accepted to medical school but he didn’t want to leave his hockey life behind. After trying coaching, he found that officiating was something that came natural to him. He went to the NHL Exposure Combine where afterwards he had he had the opportunity to work within the USA Hockey junior program. South decided to pursue the officiating option and moved his way up through the NAHL, USHL, AHL, and was offered a minor league referee contract in the summer of 2016.


First NHL Game

April 6, 2017

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