Day: September 9, 2014

Former Kitchener Captain Ben Fanelli Dons the Stripes

Former Kitchener Rangers captain Ben Fanelli stepped on to the ice at the Aud for a team scrimmage.  Only this time, instead of the familiar blue and red, he was in black and white. From Josh Brown at the Waterloo Region Record: KITCHENER — Ex-Kitchener Rangers captain Ben Fanelli was back on the ice at the Aud, only this time he was holding a whistle. The 21-year-old former defenceman, who graduated from the Ontario Hockey League after spending five years with the Rangers, was working as a linesman Friday during the team’s training camp scrimmage as he pursues a...

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GMHL Supporting ALS Canada with Ice Buckets, Patch

Officials all across North America have been participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  One of our favorite such videos came from the GMHL.  Now, the whole organization is stepping under the bucket. The Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League (GMHL) officials have a huge event planned for this Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Orangeville, Ontario. Thirty of the GMHL officials – including the ref in the video linked above – will be dumped at center ice for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (Of course, you don’t have to wait for that. You can make a donation now via the GMHL...

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Referees, Linesmen Head to NHL’s Traverse City Prospects Tournament

The annual Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament will take place from September 12-16 in Traverse City, Michigan. While it’s a showcase for some of the NHL’s up-and-coming talent, it’s also an opportunity for younger referees and linesmen to get some exposure. The eight-team tournament featured squads from the Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues. In its 16-year history, over 440 players have gone on to play in the NHL, combining for over 68,000 games and more than 9,300 career goals.  Notable alumni include Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg,...

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Referee Garrett Rank Joins NHL

Many NHL players and officials like to spend their offseasons golfing. They’re going to have some steep competition next summer, as the latest official to join the NHL is quite accomplished on the links. Referee Garrett Rank, a top amateur golfer, is the latest addition to the NHL Officials Association.  The 27-year-old Rank, a native of Elmira, Ontario, was recently signed to an NHL officiating contract.  “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. “I’m really looking forward to that opportunity and I...

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