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Legendary NHL official tragically passed away today at 64

Dan Schachte (pictured above) was a linesman for more than 2,000 NHL games.

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The hockey world mourns yet another loss today, (Sept. 6th) as a legendary NHL official Dan Schachte has tragically passed away at the young age of 64.

Schachte had a 30-year-career as an NHL linesman before retiring in 2012. He worked 2,009 NHL regular season games, which ranks fifth all-time and first among American-born officials.

He was the first American and fifth official to surpass 2,000 NHL games. He also was a linesman for 221 Stanley Cup playoff games, which ranks eighth all-time.

Schachte, who was from Verona, Wis., worked five Stanley Cup Finals (1997, ‘98, 2000, ‘01, ‘02), including Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals. He was one of a select group chosen as linesmen for the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah, completing his duties on the lines of the bronze medal game. His resume also included brief stints in the 1991 Canada Cup and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

He was inducted into the Madison, Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame in June 2017.

Dan served as an officiating supervisor for USA Hockey since 2011, mentoring many officials in the United States with instruction and training at camps around the country.

Details surrounding his death have not been revealed.

Our condolences to the family and friends who personally knew Dan, and may he rest in peace.



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