Binghamton, NY - The Federal Prospects Hockey League has announced the hiring of Mark Pare’ as a member of the FPHL Officiating Supervisors Staff for the upcoming 2023-24 FPHL Season.
Paré was born in Windsor, Ontario, and raised in LaSalle. He began officiating minor and junior league hockey in the mid-1970s. Paré's first NHL game was on October 1,1979, a matchup between the Washington Capitols and the Buffalo Sabres. Paré officiated in 2,169 games in his NHL career. He wore number 79 when the nameplates were changed back to numbers in 1994. He also officiated in 30 playoffs games and two NHL All-Star games (1992 Philadelphia & 2002 Los Angeles). His officiating also brought him overseas to Austria, Helsinki, & Stockholm. He retired from the NHL after the April 11, 2010, game between the Detroit Red Wings versus the Chicago Blackhawks.
FPHL Director of Officiating Paul Jene stated, “Bringing supervisors in for the staff not only helps us progress, but helps our league legitimize everything we have been working on over the years. Mark is going to bring over 3 decades of NHL experience to the group. Its great to be able to bring on some of the best officials from the highest level of the game to help coach our guys."
Mark introduced himself stating, "It’s been said about officiating in sports, you are expected to be perfect every time out, and improve from there! While perfection is perhaps out of our reach (don’t let the coaches and players know!) improving each game is definitely attainable. If you listen to analysts break down a players performance in any sport, most scoring plays are a result of a breakdown or mistake by an opponent, and we can learn from his/her mistake. As someone who made his fair share of mistakes over an NHL career of 2,000+ games, an honest assessment of what happened when they did occur, helped me to learn something about myself and the craft of officiating. Thank you for this exciting opportunity to help the FPHL Officiating Staff become the best team on the ice every game!"
The FPHL is a Single-A Minor Professional hockey league and will be entering its 14th season in the fall of 2023.