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Being A Ref

from Kerry Fraser at the Players' Tribune,

What I want people to take away this story, especially as they’re about to watch the puck drop in the Stanley Cup finals, is how much stress everyone is under out there. You’re watching human beings, most of whom are giving everything they have despite incredible physical pain.

Mistakes will be made. Calls will be missed. Players will do dumb things. But what’s so genuinely great about this game is that, no matter what happens, when it’s all said and done, the players line up and look one another in the eye. You shake the hand of the man who has been trying to kill you for seven games.

After my father passed away in 2001, I was going through some of his old memorabilia when I found this newspaper clipping.

The article said that my father had been suspended for punching a referee in the face.

What was that poor zebra’s name?

Frank Udvari. The man who had given me my big break.

Hockey. That’s all I gotta say about that.

more, some great stories....

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The Meal's avatar

Terrific article.  Thanks for sharing this with us Paul.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 06/07/16 at 11:08 AM ET


“Make sure the remember to take it easy on the refs because people make mistakes.  Oh, and also make sure to check out my TSN.ca articles in which I scrutinize and throw a spotlight on mistakes by current NHL refs.”

Posted by Garth on 06/07/16 at 11:14 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Why am I not surprised that the referee was Frank Udvari?  When he was on his game, he was fabulouis.  Unfortunately he would often try to mail in a game and lose control of it, then there was chaos.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/07/16 at 12:23 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The best refs are the ones you don’t know the names of. 

I very clearly remember Fraser’s name. 

Oh, and Mr. Magoo, but he was awesome so no issues with him.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/07/16 at 03:30 PM ET

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