Canisius’ all-time penalty minutes leader becomes NHL ref

By Nick Veronica

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MacDougall at Canisius

Former Canisius hockey player Peter MacDougall will be one of four new NHL referees next season, according to Scouting the Refs.

MacDougall, 30, graduated from Canisius in 2010 and left as the program’s all-time leader in penalty minutes, scoring eight goals and racking up 398 PIMs in 128 games. The forward was the team captain in his junior and senior seasons.

After Canisius, MacDougall played two years for the Columbus Cottonmouths in the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Lumsden, Saskatchewan native recorded more than 100 penalty minutes in both seasons there.

Pro Hockey News did a story about MacDougall becoming a ref in 2012. Scouting the Refs wrote that MacDougall spent the last three seasons working the ECHL, earning an appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals last season, and also worked some AHL games.

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(I checked for you, MacDougall only picked up a two-minute penalty for boarding during the RIT brawl game)

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Starting salary for an NHL ref is reportedly $165,000, while linesmen start at $110,000.