OTTAWA — Sports Officials Canada announced today that NHL referee Mick McGeough has won the Ron Foxcroft Award for officiating excellence in professional sport. The Regina, SK., native officiated his last NHL game in 2008 after a stellar 23 year career with the NHL.
He was one of four winners announced by the SOC for its annual awards.
McGeough got his start working games at the age of 23 following a hockey career that wrapped up in Spokane, Washington in the Western International Hockey League. Starting out as a linesman, he worked only a handful of games in that position before the WHL suggested he give refereeing a try.
He moved into the NHL in 1987 and donned the orange armbands for the first time on January 12, 1989. He reached a milestone on February 3, 2007 when he refereed his 1,000th career game. When he blew the whistle for the final time later that year, he ended a career that saw him reach the two goals he set out when he started. Those goals were lasting 20 years and doing more than one thousand games. He did that as he officiated 1,063 regular season games and 63 playoff games including the 2006 Stanley Cup final. He also was the referee at the 2001 All-Star Game. His last career regular season game was April 5, 2008 between Anaheim and L.A.
McGeough was one of the last NHL officials to work without wearing a helmet, something he was forced to do in the 2006-07 season when it became mandatory. In 2010 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Hall of Fame. He currently helps the NHL bring up new recruits from the American Hockey League.
The NHLOA would like to congratulate Alumni Mick McGeough for this award recognizing his long and successful career.