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Bruce Hood

Birthplace: Wentworth County Ontaro Canada
NHL Official: 1963 - 1984
Regular Season Games: 1033
Playoff Games: 157
Stanley Cup Finals: 4
All Star Games: Minnesota, Buffalo, New Jersey
Most Memorable Moment: One of the most memorable was the first Stanley Cup Final game I refereed in 1970 when Bobby Orr scored in overtime the win the Cup for the Boston Bruins. The picture of him flying through the air after scoring is still one of the most famous sports shots of all time. [if you look down in the bottom corner of the picture you will see my arm and hand - my claim to fame!]
Professional Highlights: Bruce enjoyed a 21-year career as a referee with the National Hockey League starting in 1963 when there were only six teams. He was the first to referee 1000 NHL [1033] League games plus a record 167 Stanley Cup playoff games when he retired in 1984. He was the last referee to officiate in all the ‘original six’ buildings, and the last to wear NHL Referee Jersey #1. He was nominated as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Bruce refereed in three Canada Cup series the World Championships the Spengler Cup and taught officials in Finland, Switzerland, and Russia. He operated a school for hockey officials for 18 years developed and patented referee shin-guards and elbow pads and developed a referee jersey worn by many officials to this day. Bruce was instrumental in the formation of the NHL Referee and Linesman Association in 1969, established to improve the game of hockey. Early in his career he managed the local arena in his hometown of Milton, Ontario and assisted in forming Referee Associations in many towns to help develop officials for minor hockey. He wrote two bestseller books on his career and the game of hockey - 'Calling The Shots' in 1988 and The good of the Game - Recapturing Hockey's Greatness in 1999. Together they sold over 50,000 copies.


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