Thursday, January 3, 2019
Jay Sharrers has been an National Hockey League (NHL) linesman since 1990. He made his NHL debut at only 22 years old, and has worked over 1,400 NHL games, adding another 200 playoff games.
Sharrers worked the 2007 All-Star Game and has appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals seven (7) times. An impressive career for anyone, but Sharrers isn’t just anyone.
Sharrers was born in New Westminster and raised in Hope, BC. When he made his NHL debut, he became the first black official to skate in the NHL. He also owns the title of first black referee when he decided to try his hand at the new trade. He had a short stint learning the trade in the minor leagues, before wearing the bands in the big league.
Some of Sharrers other notable assignments include working the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and officiating a Stadium Series outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks in 2014.