Flashback Friday: Andy Van Hellemond Mic’d Up in the ’85 Playoffs

Listening to the refs on the ice is always fun. We’re going way back – nearly 30 years – to check out long-time referee Andy Van Hellemond working a playoff game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers. “You didn’t want to talk to me?” Van Hellemond asks Blackhawks captain Darryl Sutter (0:50). “Alright. Don’t come around all night, then!” There’s all kinds of excitement – Van Hellemond getting hit by the puck, estimating the time and hardware requirements to fix a broken pane of glass, and the legitimacy of hard hits. “Don’t yap!” he admonishes Chicago’s Jerome Dupont...

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