Francis Charron signs NHL contract
August 25, 2009 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) News Release
BOUCHERVILLE, Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - Francis Charron, a veteran of six seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, officially signed his first National Hockey League contract. He will begin the 2009-10 season in the American Hockey League.
Charron, a 25-year-old native of Gatineau, is a product of the Hockey Outaouais Region and of the Hockey Quebec Elite Program. Following a successful rookie season in 2002 as a linesman, he established himself as an outstanding referee. He made four President Cup Final (QMJHL) appearances and was called upon to work three MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournaments (2006, 2007 & 2008). Moreover, he participated in the 2005 World Under-18 Championship, the 2006 C.I.S. National Championship and two World Junior Championships (2007 & 2008).
Last season, he worked the seventh game of the ECHL final.
"When I got confirmation from the NHL yesterday, I was extremely happy," said Charron. "A lot of work went into this and it's the best feeling I've ever experienced. I'm very optimistic heading into the new season and I can't wait to get started. I'll start the season in the AHL, but I could get called up to work a few games in the NHL this year if everything goes well."
The signing of Francis Charron brings the number of QMJHL graduates in the NHL to seventeen. QMJHL graduates currently working for the NHL include: Stéphane Auger, David Banfield, Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt, Ghislain Hébert, Dave Jackson, Marc Joannette, Frédérick L'Écuyer, Chris Lee, François St. Laurent, Justin St. Pierre, Pierre Champoux, Michel Cormier, Jean Morin, Jonny Murray and Pierre Racicot.
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