Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/06/06 at 04:33 PM ET
Dennis LaRue has been in the NHL since 1989 and is considered the top American-born referee. His career includes some 600 NHL regular season and 19 Stanley Cup games; three Olympic assignments in 2006, 2002, and 1988; and both the 1986 World Championship and World U20 Championship. LaRue resides in the Spokane, Washington area and is engaged to be married this summer. HockeyRefs.com: How does it feel a few days before your third Olympic assignment? LaRue: I kind of had to pinch myself to be honest. I was lucky to be selected the first time in 1988 and it was fantastic, but it was different with the amateurs, and when I was selected in 2002, it was a big thrill and something I was excited about and pleased to be chosen again, and this third time, I wasn’t expecting it. I am just as thrilled now and maybe more so because I have never got to do the Olympics [outside of North America]. I am looking forward to going to Europe and comparing and contrasting the Olympics in and outside of North America. Going to Italy will be terrific and I have always wanted to go just as a tourist.much more...very informative...
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