North Bay's Stephen Walkom will be leaving the ice and entering the board room after being named as the NHL's new director of officiating Wednesday.
The 41-year old Walkom joined the NHL officiating ranks in 1990 and has been one of the NHL's top-ranked referees. He worked the 2002 Olympic Winter Games plus the 2004 World Cup of Hockey as well as the 2002 and 2004 Stanley Cup finals.
"With the rule changes that the league has adopted for the upcoming season, we believe that Stephen is ideally suited to provide direction and guidance to our on-ice officials," Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, said in a statement. "His judgment and professionalism on the ice, coupled with the respect he has earned as one of the top officials in the game, will be of great benefit in his transition to the officiating management ranks."
Walkom replaces Andy Van Hellemond, who resigned in July 2004.
With Files from TSN.ca