In the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, veteran David Taveroff officially announced to his colleagues during Training Camps, that this 30th season would be his last in the QMJHL.
In collaboration with the QMJHL, Mr. Taveroff visited each one of the 18 arenas of the League and has been many great memories.
The QMJHL would like to highlight this achievement, as David Taveroff is the first official to have completed 30 years of service in the League.
For his last game, Mr. Taveroff will be accompanied by referees Dominick Bedard and Francois Fortin and linesman Sylvain Losier.
DATE : Saturday, February 9th, 2013
TIME : 7 h 00 pm
LOCATION : Quebec (Victoriaville vs Quebec)
Mr. Taveroff’s first game was on September 25, 1983 in Verdun with visiting Chicoutimi. The other officials assigned to the game were François Larochelle (referee) and Yves Deschênes (linesman).
An interesting fact about Mr. Taveroff’s first game, 51 officials of the 85, 2012-2013 QMJHL officials had not yet been born.
To date, during his 30 year career in the QMJHL, Mr. Taveroff officiated 937 games during the regular season and 124 playoff games, for a grand total of 1061.
For Mr. Taveroff, it is difficult to state if there was one most memorable game as there were so many great games in 30 seasons. According to his own account the two semi final games in the Memorial Cup (1991 and 1994) and three game seven’s in finals, rank very high.
Very noteworthy for him was the opportunity to skate alongside the greatest star to play in the Q during his career, Mario Lemieux, the season that he scored 133 goals (83-84), which was his first season. It is most memorable to have skated on the same ice as him along with Luc Robitaille, Stephan Lebeau, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, amongst so many great stars and now this last season, with budding stars Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.
Many officials will remember him as the only Linesman skating in the opposite direction during the warm-up in addition to all that ceremonial at centre ice prior to the opening face-off, but all will remember David as the ‘teammate’ he was both on and off the ice.
The QMJHL loses an experienced linesman, but will be able to count on Mr. Taveroff as Official’s supervisor.
We would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the League, members of the Referee Committee and all officials to CONGRATULATE Mr. Taveroff and wish him a memorable day in the company of his family and friends.