|Pair of CHL officials heading to NHL's ice|
|Written by The Daily Courier|
Two former Central Hockey League officials are headed for the NHL.
Linesman John Grandt and referee Jon McIsaac signed contracts with the National Hockey League for the 2012-13 season, the CHL announced on Tuesday.
"The CHL is very proud of both John's and Jon's accomplishments and the rapid rate in which they have climbed through the officiating ranks," Jim Wiley, CHL director of hockey operations, said in a news release. "They both have tremendous work ethics and their appointments reflect and reward that hard work."
Grandt has been a full-time official in the CHL for the past three seasons, and during each campaign worked his way to the CHL Finals. This past season, Grandt not only worked Game 1 of the CHL Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals between Fort Wayne and Wichita, but also was appointed to the lines in Games 1 and 2 of the AHL's Calder Cup Finals between Norfolk and Toronto.
Other CHL accomplishments for Grandt include working seven CHL Presidents' Cup Finals games over the past three seasons and working the 2011 CHL All-Star Game in Rapid City, S.D.
Before joining the CHL, Grandt worked in the USA Hockey Junior Development Program doing games in the United States Hockey League.
McIsaac worked was named a CHL full-time official in 2009 and, like Grandt, worked the 2011 CHL All-Star Game. The Truro, Nova Scotia, native worked the CHL Finals in 2010 and 2011. Prior to joining the CHL, McIsaac worked six seasons in the QMJHL.
Grandt and McIsaac join David Banfield, Gord Dwyer, Frederick L'Ecuyer, Mark Lemelin and David Brisebois as former full-time CHL officials that were hired into the NHL in past seasons.