Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Board of Directors and Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee announced today the 2008 inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Amongst them, former NHL Linesman Ray Scapinello will be inducted in the Referee/Linesmen category.
Scamp [his longtime nickname] began officiating as a 20-year old in Guelph before joining the ranks of the NHL in 1971, the first of a 33-year career as a NHL Linesman. He worked his first NHL game on October 17, 1971 in Buffalo. He worked his 2000th game on February 26th, 1997 in Toronto and ended his career where he started it in Buffalo on April 2nd, 2004, officiating in his 2500th NHL regular season game.
Amongst his many career highlights, he took part in 3 All-Star games, 426 Stanley Cup Playoffs games and 20 Stanley Cup Finals.
One of his most amazing achievement is that in all those years, Scamp never missed a game. Considering the nature of the job, it is just mind numbing. And until his last lap on the ice, that fire and passion for the game he loved never waivered.
The entire NHLOA would like to congratulate Ray "Scamp" Scapinello for his outstanding career and his well-deserved induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.