graduated from Laurentian University Sports
Administration (Bachelor of Commerce) Program in the spring of 2002. He
Senior Level 4 Canadian Hockey Association Officials Certificate. He first
pulled on the stripes in 1989 as an 11 year-old and in has officiated in over 2000 hockey
games from the Tyke division right up to the Ontario Hockey League.
He even decided to get a new
perspective on the game in the 2001-02 season when he stepped behind
the bench as a Trainer for a Minor Atom AA Hockey team in Valley
East, Ontario while continuing to officiate at the same time.
also knows what it is like to play the sport, having competed at the
'AAA' Major PeeWee level before deciding to devote full time to
refereeing. After four years off the ice he played a starring role
on defense with his high school team while in Grade 13. So Marty
knows the game from all sides and uses this knowledge to effectively
manage all situations while on the ice as an official.
After serving as a linesman for
several years, Marty was appointed as a full-time
referee with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) at the beginning of the
2005-2006 hockey season and retired at the end of the 2010-2011
season to devote more time to his career and his family.
He was a well-respected referee in the Northern Ontario Junior "A" Hockey
Association (NOJHA) and in the Ontario College (OCAA) League during the 2001-2002
season before he decided to move to the
Toronto Area at the beginning of the 2002-2003 season to advance his career on the ice and to manage the
family owned marketing business out of their office which is located
in the City of Guelph. He was married to Christina in October
2004 and now lives just north of Guelph. He and Christina have a
son, Keelan, who was born in February 2009. Marty began a career as a
police officer with the Peel Regional Police Department in January
In the spring of 2002 he had the honor to be a
Referee in the Ontario "Air Canada Cup Regionals" held in
other tournaments such as the Big Nickel Major AAA tournament and
the high school OFSAA tournament that was held in Sudbury, Ontario.
Marty was also selected as one of the
six (6) referees assigned to the do the games at the 2004 World
Under 17 Hockey Challenge which is being held in St. John's,
Newfoundland from December 28 through January 4. He was only one of
two referees from Ontario, with the other four coming from Quebec
and out West.
Marty's involvement as an Editor of
After The Whistle is an example of his commitment to the sport of
hockey and of his desire to give something back to the game. He is
especially interested in providing assistance and guidance to young
officials who have expressed a passion for this segment of the game.
"The thing that I love the most
about being a hockey official is that it does not seem like work to
me. You show up to the rink and you know that for the next two to
three hours, you are going to Referee a hockey game that has never
taken place before. You never do the same game twice, it always