Ref roundup is a weekly look at referee-related news and updates.   This week, we catch up with backstories on some of the newest NHL hires, ref-cams, recognition, and more.

  • Referee helmet-cams are all the rage among the young people, thanks to Rogers throwing them on the online streams in GameCenter (or GameCentre, if you’re north of the 49th parallel, though I believe it’s actually only on Rogers GamePlus in Canada…).  Here’s former NHL referees Kerry Fraser (via TSN) and Paul Stewart (via HockeyBuzz) weighing in on the value of ref-cams.
     
  • Only one full-time referee joined the NHL during the offseason, replacing the recently-retired Don Van Massenhoven.  That man is Graham Skilliter.  There’s no better writeup on his story, and officiating in general, than Jonathon Gatehouse’s profile of Skilliter in MacLean’s.
     
  • The NHL also welcomed linesman Shandor Alphonso to the NHL. He leaves behind a career in financial planning at RBC.  You could almost say he’s going from RBC to the RBC Center… if only the Carolina Hurricanes’ building hadn’t been renamed. Here’s his story from his hometown paper, the Orangeville Banner.
     
  • New referee Garrett Rank will be spending the season in the AHL, but he’s also juggling a promising golf career. Just because he’s donning NHL stripes doesn’t mean he’s putting away his clubs. How exactly is that going to work?  Rank talks about it in Golfweek.
     
  • THN’s Ryan Kennedy talk about how NHL officials will focus more on the players in the crease than on the pucks going through it.  Video review can watch for goals, but the officials need to watch for penalties and interference.
     
  • As part of the NHL’s Hockeyville event, NHL officials Kyle Rehman, Tom Kowal, Mike Cvik, and Lonnie Cameron held a mini training camp for local officials in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.
     
  • Kerry Fraser was recently inducted into the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame.