ZURICH – French referee Damien Velay passed away on Monday after suffering a cardiac attack. He was just 37 years old.
Velay has been working as an official in France since 1995, first as a linesman and since 2005 as a referee. The evening before, he officiated the top game of the French League Magnus, Briançon Diables Rouges vs. Rouen Dragons.
Velay was also an IIHF referee who officiated in several international events including the 2009/2010 IIHF Continental Cup (1st round), the 2011/2012 IIHF Continental Cup (2nd round) and last November in the Men’s Olympic Pre-Qualification Group G in Budapest.
His international experience as a linesman include the 2001 U20 World Championship Division III, 2002 World Championship Division II Group A, 2003 World Championship Division I Group A, 2003 U20 World Championship Division I Group B, 2004/2005 Olympic Pre-Qualification, 2005 U18 World Championship Division I Group B.