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Thursday, July 14, 2005

nhl- Refs Happy

from, “I’m excited, not only for our guys and their families, but also for the fans,” said veteran referee Don Koharski. “I think we are going to see a better product on the ice and the teams in small markets are finally going to have a fair chance to compete.”
Unlike the locked out players who sought refuge in other leagues, including nearly 400 in Europe, most of the zebras were off the ice all season.
Only a handful of referees – the 12 on minor league contracts in the AHL – skated, while the others looked elsewhere for employment and the ones who couldn’t find a job pursued government unemployment benefits.
“The officials endured a long battle of looking for other employment to support their families and I, as others, am excited to get back to work,” said minor league referee Bob Langdon. “The new look NHL is going to be an exciting product.” on...