August 27, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — World Lacrosse has selected veteran Canadian Men’s Lacrosse Official Bruce Paton to be the Deputy Referee in Chief (DRIC) for the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship (WILC), which will be held Sept. 19-28 at Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Paton joins previously named Referee in Chief (RIC), Brent McCauley, to form the Referee Management Team for the event.

The Deputy Referee in Chief is responsible for assisting the RIC in guiding all World Lacrosse referees in officiating matters regarding performance before and throughout a Championship event, which requires extensive understanding and demonstrated application of World Lacrosse indoor rules and interpretations. In addition, the Deputy RIC provides strong practical and theoretical knowledge to evaluate and advise the event referees and assessors in real time.

“Brent and Bruce bring a wealth of experience to the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship,” said Tom Sutton, Chair of the World Lacrosse Men’s Officiating Committee. “Both of these individuals were involved in the last World Indoor Championship. I look forward to working with them to deliver a world-class event for the athletes and our sport.”

A native of Oakville, Ontario, Paton currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He served as an on-floor official for the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship hosted by the Onondaga Nation in Syracuse, New York. He has more than 27 years of officiating experience from juniors through major box lacrosse in Canada, including six Founder’s Cups (Canadian Jr. B Championship) and a Presidents Cup (Canadian Sr. B Championship).

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the officiating leadership team for the 2019 Worlds,” said Paton.

Paton has served as RIC for events such as the AHM Canadian Female and Male Nationals and is the RIC of Canadian Lacrosse Association (Box), NOCP Chair and a Box NOCP Master Course conductor. He has received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for volunteer service to lacrosse.

Media Contact: Darryl Seibel


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