Mansfield Woman To Become First Woman To Ref AHL Game


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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)— A Mansfield woman will make history this weekend when she becomes the first woman to referee an American Hockey League game.

Katie Guay of Mansfield will suit up as a referee this Saturday when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins face off in the AHL. She is one of the 10 women named to the AHL's officiating staff for the season.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) spoke with Guay about her exciting opportunity.

"I think anytime someone is given a chance and new paths are formed it gives others the opportunity to dream bigger," Guay said.

Guay got her start playing hockey when she was six. She has previously officiated at a high level before, serving as a referee for Division I hockey games and the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Both the National Football League and National Basketball Association have women as referees during games, but the National Hockey League does not. The AHL is the minor league level for teams in the NHL.

Guay said she doesn't have her sights set on the NHL just yet, and that she just wants to focus on the games ahead.

"I'm eager to get out there, perform, do my best, work hard, and enjoy the experience," Guay said. "I'm just focusing on this one game right now and we'll see what happens from there."

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) has more.

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