Quebec Major Junior Hockey League management would like to highlight a milestone reached by referee Nicolas Dutil who, on Saturday December 15th of 2018, refereed in the 1000th regular season game of his career.
It represents a very important plateau as only two QMJHL officials have reached this career objective up to this day in League history.
A native of Victoriaville, Dutil is currently in his 22nd season as part of the QMJHL. To this day, he’s worked in 43 games as a linesman, while he has now worked in 957 regular season games as a referee.
It is also important to note that, over his 22 seasons, Dutil worked during two Memorial Cup tournaments; once in 2010 in Brandon, Manitoba and again in 2012 in Shawinigan. He also officiated in two games during the Canada-Russia Series and twice as part of the QMJHL All-Star Game.
On the international scene, the referee also worked during the 2005 Olympic Games qualifiers (Switzerland), the 2004 IIHF World Championship (Czech Republic), the 2003 IIHF World Championship (Finland) and the 2002 Group B IIHF World Championship (Netherlands).
To highlight his latest exploit, Dutil received a commemorative plaque from the QMJHL’s representative and Director of Officiating, Mr. Richard Trottier.
During this special presentation, Dutil was accompanied by some of his family members; his spouse Chantal Mainville, their son Nao, his mother Nicole Fréchette and his father Léo Dutil. He was also accompanied by his work colleagues for the game; linesmen Jean-François Losier and Jean-Philippe Sylvain, as well as referee Maxime Chaput.
The QMJHL management would like to thank the personnel of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Victoriaville Tigres for their collaboration in making this an unforgettable day for Dutil and his family.
Once again, congratulations to Mr. Nicolas Dutil for reaching the 1000 regular season game plateau in his career!