Tough Calls: NHL Referees and Linesmen Tell Their Story
by Dick Irvin
Dick Irvin has interviewed 25 past and present National Hockey League referees and linesmen, asking them about the highlights, the low points, and ... Show synopsis Dick Irvin has interviewed 25 past and present National Hockey League referees and linesmen, asking them about the highlights, the low points, and the tough calls of their careers. Their stories are as varied, colorful, funny, farfetched, and revealing as any collection of anecdotes ever brought together about the game of hockey. There are wild stories of the early days of officiating, interviews with high-profile referees from the fifties and sixties, and a chapter devoted to linesmen, including three who have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dick looks at hockey officiating in its period of greatest upheaval, when the league more than doubled in size from six teams in the sixties to a dozen and more by the early seventies. Among the active referees interviewed are: Kerry Fraser, Terry Gregson (who talks about his role as head of the official's association during their strike in 1993), Don Koharski, and Paul Stewart. Active linesmen include the current all-time leader in games worked, Ray Scapinello. This is an indispensable addition to every hockey fan's library.