By Ron Wicks

From the minors to the massive time, former NHL referee Ron Wicks recounts existence off and on the ice.

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All the players and the referees were in the pension plan, but not the linesmen. On our next trip into Montreal, Matt and I met with league president, Clarence Campbell, and he got us into the plan retroactive to the start of the 1962–63 season. This was only the first — but not the last — time I realized that we had to keep an eye out for our pension benefits. ) Toronto was a great hockey town in the early ’60s. The Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1967. Frank Mahovlich, Dave Keon, and Al Stanley were big parts of those teams.

1978. Author’s Collection Don and referees were like oil and water. I really did not let him bother me.

My guys enjoyed his stories and I know you will too. Ron Ellis Director, Public Affairs and Assistant to the President, Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, Ontario. Toronto Maple Leafs star forward. Member of the 1967 Stanley Cup-winning team, and an integral part of Team Canada’s win in the 1972 Summit Series. Introduction For more than twenty-five years, I loved my job as an NHL referee. Moreover, the twenty-odd after-years of being involved with benefit hockey games, golf tournaments, and the like, are every bit as interesting.

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