Marty Demers
Hockey
Inducted in 2006
From the time he was a young boy going to Hartford Whalers games, Marty Demers was fascinated by hockey generally and officiating specifically. At Suffield High School, Marty began his playing career as a sophomore in the fledgling varsity ice hockey program. Despite the relative newness of hockey to the school, the talent pool was deep and in his junior year, Marty’s team went all the way to the state semi-finals. In his senior year, they won it all and were the State Division II Champions. Marty had an outstanding career and in his senior year was named to both the Journal Inquirer All-Area Team and the First Team Division II All State.
Wanting to continue his association with the game, Marty enrolled in the Western New England Officials School. Impressed by what they saw in young Marty, his instructors encouraged him to tryout for a linesman position in the American Hockey League.
In 1979, he began his long and illustrious career in the AHL but his talents as a linesman led him to numerous assignments beyond his League responsibilities. In December 1979, he was asked to work the Lake Placid Invitational Tournament and, as a consequence of his flawless calls, was selected to be a linesman in the XIII Winter Olympics held in February. The following year he was picked to handle 10 games at the World Championships in Sweden, including calling the Gold Medal Game. In 1986, he did the first of many NCAA Men’s Division I Hockey Championships and later that year worked the US Olympic Festival. Working as a linesman in an NHL game in 1990, he was even called upon to fill in for an injured referee! At other points in his career, Marty worked in the International Hockey League, the ECAC Hockey Finals, and the prestigious Boston Beanpot Tournament.
In the AHL, he worked the Calder Cup Championship 15 times, called the AHL All-Star Game in Philadelphia, and in 2003, was the recipient of the Michael Condon Memorial Award for Outstanding contribution and service to the American Hockey League.
Marty retired in 2009 after an incredible 30 year career in the AHL.