A Referee's Life by Ron Wicks

By Ron Wicks

From the minors to the large time, former NHL referee Ron Wicks recounts lifestyles off and on the ice.

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1962. m. For about an hour, we rode up and down the hills south of Sudbury. ” I credit this for helping me get hired. In addition, Jerry filled me in on the players as well as what to say and what not to say. ” It was good advice, and held me in good stead — most of the time! 1 Sawchuk was replaced by rookie goalie Glenn Hall, who went on to play 502 consecutive games in the NHL. Hall was subsequently traded in 1957 to the cellar-dwelling Chicago Black Hawks — where he won the Stanley Cup in 1961.

In the spring of 1950, Detroit’s Pete Babando, who was from nearby South Porcupine, Ontario, scored the winning goal in overtime, in the seventh game, to beat the Maple Leafs and win the Stanley Cup for my beloved Red Wings. I remember wearing my new Red Wings sweater to school. For my audacity that got all sixty pounds of me stuffed into a garbage can. Looking back, I would say it was worth it, but that was when I first realized Leafs fans can be extremely touchy! Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Champions in the 1950s.

Campbell never said a word to us, just picked up the phone, called the Montreal Star, and got Red Fisher on the line. I clearly recall the discussion during which he informed Mr. Fisher that he had a young man sitting across the desk from him shaking like a leaf. True! He then informed Mr. Fisher that the game officials had made the proper call and were strictly following the orders of the League president. He further stated that if the Montreal Star ever wanted another statement on any issue from the League office, they were to print a retraction and state that it was he, Clarence Campbell, who had instructed the officials to drop the puck in order to galvanize (and he spelled it out) the Leafs club into action!

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