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From John A. Torres in Florida Today.com:
It was 1971 in Richmond, Va., when then 35-year-old Eastern Hockey League linesman Jim Galluzzi locked his arms around Dave Schultz and dragged him down to the ice.
Schultz was a 23-year-old whose future as a star left wing and brawler with Philadelphia’s notorious “Broad Street Bullies” was still before him.
“Come on, Schultzie. I’m getting too old for this stuff,” Galluzzi pleaded as he broke up the hockey fight. “Break it off.”
Little did Galluzzi know he’d still be skating well into his 60s and officiating professional hockey games into his mid-70s.
“I guess I’ll keep doing it until they put me in a box,” laughed the 75-year-old who heads the NHL’s off-ice officials for every Tampa Bay Lightning home game.
from the New York Times,
In the time before television and computers that can replay, magnify and freeze frame questionable goals, goal umpires stood on the ice or on a nearby snowbank, the hockey historian J. W. Fitzell said.
“It was a hazardous trade,” Fitzell said in a telephone interview from his home in Kingston, Ontario.
Besides the risk of standing in the middle of the action, goal umpires were often chosen from the home crowd and were often threatened by visiting players after a questionable goal. Often, they were replaced in the middle of a game.