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04-02-2004, 08:24 PM
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Ray Scapinello: 2,500 and Out.

Ray Scapinello has gone full circle.

When he steps on to the ice Friday night to call the lines in a game between Toronto and the hometown Buffalo Sabres, he'll be back where his career as a linesman started, 33 years and 2,499 games ago.

The veteran official is retiring after his 2,500th regular-season game. Scapinello's career also includes 406 Stanley Cup Playoff games, 19 Stanley Cup Finals, three NHL All-Star Games and the 1998 Olympic hockey tournament in Nagano.

Before the season started, Scapinello checked the schedule to see whether it would be possible to do his late game in Toronto. When he saw that the Maple Leafs were away the last week of the schedule, he checked the Sabres grid saw that he had a chance to end his career where it first started on Oct. 17, 1971 when the Minnesota North Stars played the Sabres.



http://www.nhl.com/intheslot/read/fe...llo040204.html


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As an aspiring official, I have two words for Ray Scapinello (as well as Randy Mitton and Terry Gregson):

Thank You.



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Damn.... Pretty impressive.

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Amazing that such a small guy was able to break up fights between some of the biggest, meanest and strongest players the NHL has ever seen.

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Amazing I never once saw him live in a game.

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Scampy was the man.

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Didn't Scapinello ref the 1980 ASG with Howe?

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He got a puck in the jewels in the first period. He was fine though.

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Didn't Scapinello ref the 1980 ASG with Howe?
You watched that earlier today when it was on espn classic or one of those channels I am guessing.

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Any way you look at it, that's a lot of hockey!

Doing most anything for 33 years is pretty impressive.

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Tonights game was also the last of Terry Gregson's career. He was at it for 23 years and did 1427 games.

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You watched that earlier today when it was on espn classic or one of those channels I am guessing.
Was it him? I watched part of that game a few years ago... I think they mentionned him but I'm not sure I remember correctly. Didn't know it was on today

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Ray was great. Thats all I can say. Congrats Ray on a terrific career.

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Ray was a class act and a helluva linesman. I'll miss watching him buzz around out there. Randy Mitton was good too. Terry Gregson I don't have as many fond memories of but that's the nature of his job. I appreciate it though. Since they are all avid readers here---Thanks and Best of luck to all three.

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Ray was tougher than some of the players he officiated too. All hail Scampy!

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Scampy was a great linesmen.

It's amazing how we feel about different types of officials.

We're always calling for ref's heads, or wishing death upon the video replay guys, but we seem to love our linesmen. It's weird.

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Scampy was a great linesmen.

It's amazing how we feel about different types of officials.

We're always calling for ref's heads, or wishing death upon the video replay guys, but we seem to love our linesmen. It's weird.
Very, very true.

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Did any of you guys see the Leafs/SAbres game on TSN? Because, in the 1st intermission the TSN interview fella pulled Scampinella aside for a few questions and Scampy says, "Hey! Where's my Hockey Night in Canada towel?" hahahah. The TSN guy didn't know what to say he was so embarassed and mumbled something like, "uh, that might..uh...come on another night..." Scampanella then looked at the camera and saw the TSN logo, realised his mistake and said, "....oh.."

It was pretty funny.

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I got to say hello to Ray once and he seemed like a great guy. I'd love to buy him a couple of beverages and chat hockey. I'd bet he has some great stories.

Farewell Ray, you were the best at your craft.

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