Tonight's Dallas Stars-Anaheim Ducks game at American Airlines Center will feature a National Hockey League first. Marcus Vinnerborg of Sweden will become the first European referee to officiate an NHL game.
"You can’t set this as a goal for yourself because until now the NHL has been a closed world to European officials. I feel fortunate to get this opportunity and to be appreciated by them,” Vinnerborg told IIHF.com.
Vinnerborg was hired this past summer to work primarily in the American Hockey League and the plan was for him to get some NHL games as well. His first opportunity comes tonight. His next NHL assignment is Wednesday's game between San Jose and Colorado.