Hockey – Katie Guay makes history in AHL

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The American referee on Saturday became the first woman to call a game in the NHL lobby.

Will Katie Guay, here in 2019, ever be the whistle of an NHL game?

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Katie Guay has inscribed her name in the history of theAHL (the American Hockey League), lobby of the NHL. The former Brown University hockey player became the first woman to officiate a game on Saturday in this game category.

L39-year-old American, hockey referee since 2006, whistled the meeting between the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Before this historic first, Katie Guay had notably been a referee during the Olympic Games in PyeongChang 2018 and in NHL Upsides tournaments in 2019.

Guay is one of a group of ten women (sept referees and three linesmen) who have been selected this season to lead in AHL. Fellow referees Kelly Cooke, Samantha Hiller, Jacqueline Zee Howard, Elizabeth Mantha, Amanda Tassoni and Laura White will make their American Hockey League debuts this month, while linesmen Alexandra Clarke, Kendall Hanley and Kirsten Welsh will officiate. for their first game later in the season.

These ten women are all part of the NHL and NHL Officials Association mentorship program. “It’s something we’ve had in mind for some time,” the president and chief executive officer of the company told The Associated Press.AHL, Scott Howson. They have gained good experience. Whether it is the ALREADY, university hockey – both male and female – they took part in a few tournaments of the NH. Now is the time for them to step up to a higher level of professional hockey.»

Perfect timing

Of the NHL umpiring staff for the 2021-2022 season, all umpires and 97% of lines umpires have gone through theAHL during their careers. Katie Guay or one of her colleagues mayent so one day arbitrate at the highest level of their sport. C‘is already the case in NFL and NBA, where women referees have made their place in recent years.

The timing seems excellent since several members of the refereeing body of NHL will retire at the end of the season. Referees Brad Meyer, Dean Morton and Marc Joannette as well as linesman Vaughn Rody will indeed end their careers at the end of the year, according to the Canadian media. Sportsnet.

If Katie Guay will go down in the history of North American professional hockey, it is Anna Wiegand who is the pioneer in Switzerland. In January 2019, the Swiss was the first woman to lead a professional meetingnthethe between Winterthur and Lin Chaux-de-Fonds (Swiss League). Wiegand notably whistled the final of the women’s world championship which opposed Canada to the USA last August.

The Swiss referee, who is in the race to officiate at the women’s Olympic tournament in Beijing next February, will she be the first woman to lead a National League match?

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