Andre Proulx named Grey Cup’s top ref and that’s a good thing

Photo courtesy: Ken Edwards

The Grey Cup is not only the biggest game of the year for the teams and fans, but for the officials as well.

Throughout the course of the season, the league is constantly evaluating the men in stripes to decide who will get to call the biggest games of the year and the Grey Cup itself.

This year, out of all of the league’s head officials, Andre Proulx will be the man on the mic on Sunday at McMahon Stadium and that’s a good thing.

For as much as people — generally on Twitter — like to complain about Proulx’s officiating, he does a pretty good job. People get caught up on Proulx sometimes because his explanations for calls can get a little lost in translation.

As a French Canadian he’s likely thinking in French but has to speak in English. Most of the mess ups are usually pretty harmless and frankly a little entertaining. I’ve often wondered if they should just let him speak french, especially in Montreal.

Whether you like him or not, it’s clear Proulx does a good job as he consistently gets division final and Grey Cup appointments.

Overall, this will be Proulx’s eighth Grey Cup game in his 22-year career. He also officiated games in 2014 and 2016. Over that time he’s been in charge of 375 games.

Proulx will be joined by Umpire Patrick MacArthur (4th Grey Cup), Down Judge Ron Brass (4th Grey Cup), Line Judge Chris Shapka (2nd Grey Cup), Side Judge Jocelyn Paul (2nd Grey Cup), Back Judge Blair Brown (3rd Grey Cup), Field Judge Steve Dolyniuk (5th Grey Cup).

Tom Vallesi is the backup official and Ben Major is the backup umpire. Andrew Wakefield and Pierre Laporte are the backup officials. Rob Crifo is the replay official.