November 19, 2008 - Canadian Football League (CFL)
MONTREAL, Quebec (November 19, 2008) - The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today the officiating crew who will work the 96th Grey Cup to be played in Montreal on Sunday, November 23 at Olympic Stadium. This talented group of officials was the highest rated crew in the CFL in 2008. They bring plenty of big-game experience to this year's title contest.
2008 Grey Cup Officials
Referee #62 John Ireland
Umpire #24 Bill Hagans
Head Linesman #30 Dave Foxcroft
Line Judge #74 Tim Kroeker
Side Judge #37 Jason Maggio
Back Judge #21 Don Carmichael
Field Judge #48 Kim Murphy
Alternate #53 Ken Lazaruk
Alternate #73 Brian Chrupalo
The crew will be supported by an off-field officiating staff, including:
Director, Officiating Tom Higgins
Senior Advisor, Football Operations George Black
Supervisor, Officiating Jacques Decarie
The following is some background information on this year's Grey Cup officials:
John "Jake" Ireland - Referee
Ireland will work his 15th Grey Cup game. The 30-year CFL veteran from Townsend, Ontario has called 555 CFL games. His other Grey Cup appearances came in 1981 (alternate), 1983 (alternate), 1985 (referee), 1986 (referee), 1987 (referee), 1988 (referee), 1990 (referee), 1992 (referee), 1994 (referee), 1996 (referee), 1998 (referee), 2001 (referee), 2006 (referee) and 2007 (alternate). John was born in 1946 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Bill Hagans - Umpire
Hagans will work his 8th Grey Cup game. The 20-year CFL veteran from Scarborough, Ontario has called 346 CFL contests. His other Grey Cup appearances came in 1992 (head linesman), 1993 (head linesman), 1994 (head linesman), 1998 (head linesman), 1999 (head linesman), 2003 (alternate) and 2007 (umpire). Bill was born in 1956 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Dave Foxcroft - Head Linesman
Foxcroft will work his 1st Grey Cup game. The 8-year CFL veteran from Burlington, Ontario has called 122 CFL games. Dave was born in 1967 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Tim Kroeker - Line Judge
Kroeker will work his 1st Grey Cup game. The 3-year CFL veteran from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has called 30 CFL games. Tim was born in 1970 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Jason Maggio - Side Judge
Maggio will work his 2nd Grey Cup game. The 7-year CFL veteran from Burlington, Ontario has called 92 CFL games. His other Grey Cup appearance came in 2007 (alternate). Jason was born in 1974 in Oakville, Ontario.
Don Carmichael - Back Judge
Carmichael will work his 3rd Grey Cup game. The 14-year CFL veteran from Stouffville, Ontario has called 233 CFL games. His other Grey Cup appearances came in 1996 (alternate) and 1998 (side judge). Don was born in 1958 in Pembroke, Ontario.
Kim Murphy - Field Judge
Murphy will work his 7th Grey Cup game. The 15-year CFL veteran from Beamsville, Ontario has called 296 CFL games. His other Grey Cup appearances came in 1997 (alternate), 2000 (back judge), 2001 (back judge), 2002 (back judge), 2003 (back judge) and 2007 (field judge). Kim was born in 1961 in Toronto, Ontario.
Ken Lazaruk - Alternate
Lazaruk will work his 11th Grey Cup game. The 32-year CFL veteran from Winnipeg, Manitoba has called 557 CFL games. His other Grey Cup appearances came in 1980 (alternate), 1985 (back judge), 1986 (head linesman), 1987 (alternate), 1991 (referee), 1993 (alternate), 1994 (alternate), 1996 (alternate), 1998 (alternate) and 1999 (referee). Ken was born in 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Brian Chrupalo - Alternate
Chrupalo will work his 1st Grey Cup game. The 4-year CFL veteran from Winnipeg, Manitoba has called 46 CFL games. Brian was born in 1969 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.