Swede will be first European ref in NHL

Marcus Vinnerborg is set to become the first European referee to

work an NHL game.

The International Ice Hockey Federation says the Swede has been

assigned to work two games this week – Anaheim at Dallas on Tuesday

and San Jose at Colorado on Wednesday.

Vinnerborg was hired over the summer to work games primarily in

the American Hockey League, while getting some work in the NHL.

Vinnerborg previously worked in the Swedish Elite League and has

handled a number of major international assignments, including the

2010 Olympics in Vancouver.