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Internationally Recognized Female Referees to Officiate SPHL Game Share
HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League, in partnership with USA Hockey and the Columbus Cottonmouths, today announced that Erin Blair and Katie Guay, two female referees with extensive international experience, will officiate the Cottonmouths’ Girl Scout Night game against Fayetteville on Friday, November 21.

“We are extremely excited to be allowed the opportunity to showcase two of the top female referees in the world,” said SPHL Director of Officiating Mark...

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Excellence, longevity mark McCreary's ride to Hall
Written by John Kreiser - NHL.com   
It's a little more than 40 miles from Guelph, Ontario, to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Making that trip took Bill McCreary more than 26 years and 2,000 NHL games.

McCreary will become the 16th on-ice official to be honored when he and the rest of the Class of 2014 are inducted into the Hall on Monday. It's an honor he said he never thought about when he stepped on the ice to work his first game.

"From the beginning, I always wanted to do well and be one of the best. But I never had...

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Where are they now: former Oshawa Generals defenceman Dean Morton
Written by Brian McNair - DurhamRegion.com   
COURTICE -- Dean Morton can remember it like it was yesterday: Steve Yzerman and Marc Habscheid cycling the puck behind the net of the Calgary Flames, and Habscheid feeding it back to the right point to Morton, who one-timed a low shot that found its way through a crowd and beat goalie Mike Vernon just inside the post.

The date was Oct. 5, 1989, and Morton was a 21-year-old defenceman playing the first game of the NHL season with the Detroit Red Wings, just two years removed from a...

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Longtime NHL referee Bill McCreary built Hall of Fame career on consistency
Written by The Canadian Press   
TORONTO — Bill McCreary admits he made “hundreds and hundreds” of mistakes in his career as an NHL referee. But one stands out.

The Dallas Stars were in Los Angeles to play the Kings at the Great Western Forum. McCreary let a goal stand on a delayed penalty that shouldn’t have counted, and coach Larry Robinson lost it.

“I look over at the L.A. bench and Larry’s standing on the bench giving me the choke sign,” McCreary recalled. “So now I throw him out of the game and...

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Winnipeg linesman Vaughan Rody vows to get his stripes back after injury
Written by Paul Friesen - Winnipeg Sun   
He may have to change his skating style and learn to live with a bit of pain.

Heck, he may never be able to put his shoes on quite the same way again.

But Vaughan Rody vows to make it back to the NHL.

“I refuse to go out like this,” Rody said. “I will not have this dictate how my last game ends — there’s no way.”

Rody, 45, is an NHL linesman, one of just three born-and-raised Manitobans wearing stripes in the best hockey league in the world.

These days, Rody’s stripes and...

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