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Affleck lauds NHL referee McIsaac


MOUNT WILLIAM – Members of the refereeing fraternity are praising Jon McIsaac’s promotion to full-time status as an NHL referee.

The Truro native was among six officials lifted last week to full-time status with the league. All six split time between the NHL and AHL last season.

Brian Affleck, who leads a golf academy at the Eagles Chance facility he owns and operates, remembers McIsaac as a solid on-ice official, as well as an accomplished golfer.

“It’s awesome,” Affleck said. “We’re very happy for Jon. It’s a huge accomplishment, one he definitely deserves.”

Affleck met McIsaac 10 years ago. McIsaac is 32, five years older than Affleck.

McIsaac’s local connection is the two seasons he spent as a golf pro at Abercrombie Country Club. He hosted his annual golf tournament at the Mountain Golf Club near Bible Hill last weekend.

McIsaac refereed 25 games in 2015-16, for a career total of 32. He worked his way up through Junior B, Junior A, and QMJHL before joining the Central Hockey League at age 25.

He signed an NHL contract in 2012 and was assigned to the AHL.  He made his NHL debut on Nov. 21, 2013, working a game between the Buffalo Sabres and the host

Flyers at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia.

Affleck was unable to attend McIsaac’s golf event due to his commitment to the PGA Atlantic championship. He was two-time defending champion but was unable to hold the title after rounds of 72 and 73 at the Stanhope course that he’s familiar with in P.E.I.

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