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01-17-2012, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by mbhhofr View Post
Although I was Old School (Original Six) this was what I experienced, not as a player but as an official. I was lucky not to have my father push me. I was self driven. I can recall when I was sixteen, asking my high school guidance councilor what I had to do to become an NHL Official. He just looked at me with crossed eyes. When I was seventeen, the comment next to my graduation picture, in the school year book, said that I was one of the smallest guys in school and I wanted to be a professional hockey referee. I made it to Jr. and minor pro hockey two years later. I was 5'7" and 120 lbs. Two years after that, I was invited to try out for a Linesman position in the NHL. I still have the letter sent to me by Carl Voss, the then RIC of the NHL, after I was sent home. He felt that I had the ability to succeed in professional hockey when I overcome my lack of weight handicap. After the first NHL expansion, I was used as Emergency Replacement Linesman and got to live my dream.
great read.

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