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Ernst Honored For ECHL Referee Career

April 6, 2006 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL announced that referee Joe Ernst will be honored by Commissioner Emeritus Patrick J. Kelly in a ceremony held prior to the Trenton at Wheeling game on Friday.

In his 15th season as an on-ice official, Ernst worked his first ECHL game in Columbus, Ohio in October 1991 with linesman Norm Eberle, who was honored by the league for his 16 years of service and more than 1,200 games, on Apr. 1 at South Carolina.

"Joe Ernst has brought hard work, professionalism, and accountability to the ECHL Officiating Department for 15 years," said ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Rod Pasma. "He has the respect of players, coaches and management throughout the League.

"Joe is a most deserving recipient of an award that will honor his dedication and outstanding achievements within the ECHL."

Ernst has worked in both the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League as well as being a member of the National Hockey League officials training program for seven years, working three NHL preseason games.

Ernst has refereed more than 1,000 regular season games and the upcoming Kelly Cup Playoffs will be his 15th consecutive ECHL playoffs. He has worked almost 200 postseason games in the ECHL, including each of the past four Kelly Cup Finals as well as the Riley Cup Finals in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and in 1999 he was the referee for the ECHL All-Star Game.


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