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Wes McCauley
Wes McCauley
Born (1972-01-11) January 11, 1972 (age 49)
Georgetown, Ontario
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Las Vegas Thunder
Knoxville Cherokees
Muskegon Fury
Fort Wayne Komets
NHL Draft 150th overall, 1990
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1993–1997

Wes McCauley (born January 11, 1972) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current National Hockey League (NHL) referee. He is the son of John McCauley, who was also an NHL referee, and his wife Irene.

A defenceman during his playing career, McCauley became a referee after injury forced his retirement from playing in 1997. He refereed his first NHL regular season game in 2003 and became a full-time NHL referee in 2005. He has refereed seven out of the last ten Stanley Cup Finals (2013 to 2020), missing 2019 due to injury and 2021 due to a positive COVID-19 test.[1]

Early life and amateur career

McCauley was born on January 11, 1972, in Georgetown, Ontario.[2] His father was John McCauley, a former NHL referee and the NHL's Director of Officiating at the time of his death in June 1989.[3][4]

McCauley entered Michigan State University and played as a defenseman for the university's team, the Spartans. He spent four years playing alongside his best friend Bryan Smolinski and together they co-captained the team in their final year.[5] McCauley won the inaugural Terry Flanagan Memorial Award at the end of his final season in 1993.[6]

Professional playing career

After his first year at Michigan State, McCauley was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 8th round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.[5] After graduating from university, he played minor league hockey with the Las Vegas Thunder and Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League, the Knoxville Cherokees of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), the Muskegon Fury of the Colonial Hockey League and Milan in the Italian Serie A league.[7] He ended his playing career in 1997 due to injuries.[5]

Officiating career

After retiring from playing, McCauley followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a referee. He started off refereeing minor league matches in Ontario, before progressing to the ECHL.[5] In 2001, he was hired by the NHL to officiate in the second-tier American Hockey League (AHL).[8] While with the AHL, McCauley refereed his first NHL game on January 20, 2003, a 5-1 win to the Columbus Blue Jackets against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.[5][9][10] After being selected to officiate the AHL's Calder Cup Finals in 2004 and 2005, he was promoted to a full-time NHL referee for the 2005-2006 season.[8] After two seasons as a full-time NHL referee, McCauley refereed his first playoff match in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, in the first match of the conference quarterfinal series between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders on April 12, 2007.[9][11] In June 2013 he was selected as part of the officiating team for the NHL's 2013 Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.[3] McCauley has subsequently officiated the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014,[12] 2015,[13] 2016,[14] 2017,[15] 2018,[16] and 2020.[17] He currently wears uniform number 4.[18] McCauley officiated his 1,000th NHL game on December 23, 2018.[19] When coming to center ice after penalties or video reviews, he is known for his suspenseful announcements of important results.[20][21][22]

Personal life

McCauley is married with four children and lives in South Portland, Maine, where his wife Bethany grew up. His younger brother Blaine McCauley also played professional hockey. Wes was one of the referees in Blaine's professional debut in 2000.[5]


  1. ^ "SERAVALLI: Ice Breakers ... Latest on Tarasenko, DeAngelo and Ekman-Larsson". Daily Faceoff. 2021-06-29. Retrieved . Recognized as perhaps the NHL's best on-ice official, McCauley is missing a ninth straight Final assignment after being sidelined during Round 3 with a positive Covid-19 test.
  2. ^ "Wes McCauley". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b Fraser, Kerry (June 12, 2013). "Ref McCauley Making His First Trip to Stanley Cup Final". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Matsumoto, Rick (June 3, 1989). "NHL's John McCauley was 'a players' referee'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Lenzi, Rachel (June 8, 2010). "NHL ref at home in South Portland". Portland Press Herald. Archived from the original on November 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "CCHA Tournament". collegehockeynews.com. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Wes McCauley". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ a b "NHL promotes referees from AHL ranks". American Hockey League. August 23, 2005. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Wes McCauley". nhlofficials.com. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Box score". Chicago Tribune. January 20, 2003. Archived from the original on 15 April 2003. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Game Summary". nhl.com. April 12, 2007. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "NHL Referees & Linesmen for Stanley Cup Final". Scouting the Refs. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Referee Wes McCauley Mic'd Up for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final". Scouting the Refs. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ Fraser, Kerry (30 May 2016). "C'Mon, Ref: The Stanley Cup final's third team". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ http://scoutingtherefs.com/2017/05/19384/nhl-referees-linesmen-2017-stanley-cup-final/
  16. ^ "NHL Referees and Linesmen for 2018 Stanley Cup Final". scoutingtherefs.com. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ https://scoutingtherefs.com/2020/09/29947/nhl-names-2020-stanley-cup-final-referees-and-linesmen/
  18. ^ "Current NHLOA staff". nhlofficials.com. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Kings defeat Golden Knights on Toffoli goal in OT". National Hockey League. December 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Wyshynski, Greg (March 28, 2016). "NHL ref Wes McCauley with the most dramatic goal call ever (Video)". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Randall, Dakota (December 20, 2017). "NHL Ref Wes McCauley Back With Another Hilariously Dramatic Goal Call". New England Sports Network. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Schlager, Brandon (February 12, 2017). "Watch: NHL ref Wes McCauley gets extra pumped about fighting call". Sporting News. Retrieved 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Award Created
Terry Flanagan Memorial Award
Succeeded by
Craig Lisko

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