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NHL linesman offers support - Teen official encouraged to stick it out
Written by Mike McIntyre - Brandon Sun   
Vaughan Rody has made plenty of tough calls over a 14-year career as an NHL linesman.

But the Winnipeg-born Rody says he had no choice but to publicly blow the whistle on some of the unsportsmanlike conduct coming out of recent Manitoba minor hockey league games.

Rody, a veteran of more than 800 NHL games, told the Free Press he and his professional colleagues in stripes are stunned by what they've seen, especially the latest incident involving an 18-year-old linesman who was allegedly...

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Three generations of Denvers part of Springfield hockey history
Written by Garry Brown   
Three generations of Denvers have been part of the Springfield professional hockey scene since the 1950s.

It goes back to Jim Denver, whose work as an official scorer and announcer for high school hockey at the Eastern States Coliseum caught the attention of Eddie Shore, owner of the Springfield Indians.

"Eddie asked my dad if he would like to join the crew of off-ice officials working Indians games, and he wound up doing that for 45 years. He became supervisor of the off-ice officials, and...

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Official Bids Farewell to USHL After 20 Years
It wasn’t a difficult decision for Johnathan Morrison to become a hockey official because it was in his blood. Both his uncle and father had worn the stripes, and when the USHL came to his hometown of Mason City, Iowa with the beginning of the North Iowa Huskies in the fall of 1983, Morrison got an up close and personal look at the profession watching his father call the games.

Unlike a lot of youngsters looking to track down a puck or get “high fives” from players, Morrison focused...

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Legendary NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven set to retire
Written by Morris Dalla Costa - The London Free Press   
It was 23 years and 1,364 games ago but Don Van Massenhoven remembers it like it was this morning.

“It was November 11, 1993, Edmonton Oilers at Boston Bruins. My knees were knocking,” he recalled. “I was sent there on short notice. My first NHL game and the zipper on my referee pants broke. I was so nervous my fingers were shaking so much I couldn’t fix it. Ron Asselstine, one of the linesmen, had to fix it for me.

“I remember being out on the ice during the anthem, looking...

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Olympics a Lifelong Dream for Officials, Not Just Athletes
Written by Paul Hoogkamp - TSN   
Now that another Olympic Games is over, many across Canada know the stories of our athletes and the various roads they took to get to their ultimate goal.

But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle.

Well, meet Derek Amell, 17-year NHL linesman and now an Olympian.

When I turned on the men's hockey gold medal game between Canada and...

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