McCauley named to Cup Final officiating crew despite injury

Wes McCauley's status for the Stanley Cup Final is still unclear, but he is among the referees who've been selected to work the championship round.

The popular and well-respected official was one of five refs chosen for the series, according to the NHL Officials Association. The others are Gord Dwyer, Steve Kozari, Chris Rooney, and Kelly Sutherland.

They'll be joined by linesmen Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey, Greg Devorski, and Pierre Racicot.

McCauley left Game 6 between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks on Tuesday after suffering a hamstring injury when he tripped over Cherrey during play. Dwyer replaced McCauley, who was later ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

He won't require surgery but may be a game-time decision for the start of the matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Blues, reports The Associated Press' Stephen Whyno.

This would be McCauley's seventh straight Stanley Cup Final, which is more than any of the other five referees in this year's series. Amell and Racicot will work their seventh and 10th Cup Finals, respectively.

The NHL typically selects four referees and four linesmen for the Stanley Cup Final, and the extra ref this year is likely due to McCauley's injury, according to Scouting The Refs.

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