Terry Gregson, senior vice president and director of officiating for the NHL and former on-ice official, has been selected by the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) as the recipient of this year's Gold Whistle Award, which is officiating's highest honor.
"When you get told something like that, you suddenly think back to all those times — to what you were doing it for," Gregson said. "When something like that comes along, it's not the destination, it's the journey and (the award) just makes it that much better."
Gregson, 58, of Thornbury, Ontario, was chosen for the honor by NASO's board of directors and received the award at the NASO Sports Officiating Summit on July 31 as part of the Celebrate Officiating Gala in Portland, Ore. The award recognizes significant contributions to the betterment of officiating.
"Terry Gregson epitomizes the qualities we hold dear in officiating — hard work, honesty, integrity, tenacity and accountability," said NASO President Barry Mano.
Gregson has been a leader on and off the ice as well as an important member of the Officiating Development Alliance and a speaker at previous NASO Summits.
On the ice, Gregson worked more than 1,400 regular season games and 150 playoff games. He also officiated eight Stanley Cup Finals. Off the ice, he is most proud of his longtime involvement with the NHL Officials Association and his work with the 2010 Olympic Games in Canada.
"One of the biggest things was the development of the collective bargaining agreement in 1993-94 that has gone on to be the template for the future agreements," Gregson said. "We brought in education funds and an employee assistance program that were never involved before."
Before his current role in the NHL office, he worked as the NHL senior officiating manager and was instrumental in developing a succession plan for officials.
"There are few like Terry. He is an official that if you are going out to referee a 'war,' you would want to have Terry with you," Mano said. "He shines as a beacon for all of us in officiating. His light is not self-shined. It has to be lured out for us to see. He is humble and self-effacing, two qualities that in this brash amped-up world, we could use more of. He is someone we look up to in this industry."
The NHLOA would like to congratulate Terry on being this year's recipient.