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Former Cullitons captain to referee in AHL this fall
Written by Steve Rice - Stratford Beacon Herald   
Kendrick Nicholson never thought about where officiating might lead when he started working minor games in his hometown of Milverton as a teenager 17 years ago.

“When you sign up to do minor hockey Saturday and Sunday mornings in Milverton, you never expect to wake up in Italy or Finland to officiate a game,” the 32-year-old former Stratford Culliton said this week.
“You don’t sign up for that, but it’s definitely a benefit.”

Officiating has certainly taken Nicholson places...

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BG grad chases NHL dream
Written by Ryan Satkowiak - Sentinel Sports Writer   
A dream many kids have growing up is to be a professional athlete in the sport they devote countless hours to.

Growing up, Cody Lang loved hockey. He played at Bowling Green High School, where he graduated in 2012.

Like most kids who grew up around the sport, his dream was to get to the NHL.

Once he realized that reaching “The Show” as a player wasn’t attainable, he didn’t give up his dream, but merely refocused it. Having also officiated hockey games since he was 11, he decided...

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Fraser’s call
Written by Leith Dunick - tbnewswatch.com   
THUNDER BAY -- Kerry Fraser had a front-row view for some of the greatest moments in hockey history.

An NHL official for 37 years, he skated alongside the likes of Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and even Sidney Crosby, keeping the peace as one of the most respected referees in the sport.

It’s that respect that landed him his post-retirement gig, an analyst role with TSN where he explains controversial calls to NHL fans both on camera and in his popular C’Mon Ref column on the sports giant’s...

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NHL hall of famer refereed game that led to Richard riot
Written by Josh Brown - The Record   
When it came to calling hockey games, Kitchener referee Frank Udvari was in a class of his own.

"He was one of the best," Milt Schmidt, the former centre on the famous Boston Bruins Kraut Line, said Thursday. "He called an ace an ace. There is no fooling about it whatsoever."

Udvari passed away surrounded by his family at University Hospital in London on Wednesday. He was 90.

The Kitchener resident and businessman spent 15 years in stripes in the NHL before becoming supervisor of officials...

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Golfer Rank headed to rink
Written by Ken Wiebe - Winnipeg Sun   
Garrett Rank is taking the term two-sport athlete to a new level.

The 26-year-old from Elmira, Ont. is a member of Golf Canada's national amateur golf team, but he's also a step away from the NHL.

Not as a player, but as a referee.

"I just had a meeting with the NHL and I've been offered a full-time contract with them to be in the American Hockey League next year," said Rank, who is in Winnipeg this week for the 2014 Canadian Men's Amateur golf championship at Southwood Golf & Country...

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