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We finally know how much NHL referees earn per game and the answer is surprising


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Jeff Drouin
May 18, 2022  (1:38 PM)
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As you know, in the NHL, player salaries are publicly disclosed and we often have a good idea of the salaries of coaches and executives as well.

But what about the referees?
In particular, during the playoffs, how much do they make?
Now we finally have the intriguing answer, as reported by scoutingtherefs.com. You'll probably be surprised.
National Hockey League officials don't earn a salary in the playoffs, but on the other hand, they do get a nice bonus.
Basically, referees make $27,000 per round worked, and linesmen make $17,250 per round (no matter how many games are played in the round and no matter how many overtime periods)
Officials are limited. They may not work more than seven games in any playoff round.
In comparison, an average referee earns between $4,000 and $5,000 per game in the regular season (based on annual salary), so this bonus is right on target.
Regular season salaries really depend on years of service in the NHL. First year (or rookie) officials start at just over $200,000, for referees, and $137,000 for linesmen.
A referee with 15 years of experience earns about $430,000. A linesman with 15 years of service makes about $228,000.
As for officials and reserve referees, they earn $1,000 for being in the building, with an increase to $2,750 if they take part in the game, and if they have to jump in the heat of the action.
Linesmen receive $650 for waiting in the wings, increasing to $1,775 if they board the ice.
That gives you a better idea!
For details, visit scoutingtherefs.com.
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