Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray "Scampy" by Ray Scapinello, Rob Simpson

By Ray Scapinello, Rob Simpson

An insider's examine existence at the lines
To hockey enthusiasts, Ray Scapinello's identify and face are as recognizable as any superstar participant or trainer within the NHL. Scampy, as he's affectionately identified has had a protracted and storied profession as a linesman within the NHL. His 5-foot-7 body and 163 kilos belie his skill and persistence at the ice. whilst Ray retired in 2004 after 33 years within the NHL, he had officiated in 2,500 general season suits (never lacking a game), 426 playoff video games, and an fabulous twenty Stanley Cup ultimate sequence. His untouchable facts make him a lock to go into the Hockey corridor of reputation as an legitimate, yet even they don't do justice to the consideration he has earned from officers, gamers, coaches, and enthusiasts alike. off and on the ice, Scampy is taken into account considered one of hockey's nice personalities, a consummate specialist, a prolonged useful joker, and a real ambassador of the sport.
Between the Lines provides a unprecedented glimpse contained in the international of hockey from an strange standpoint — throughout the eyes of 1 of the game's maximum and best-loved officers. Scampy stocks his stories of lifestyles either off and on the ice as an reliable, an within examine what these gamers and coaches are relatively like, what they honestly say and do, and what the sport seems like among the traces. packed with enjoyable tales, standpoint on how the sport has replaced and advanced, and tales and interviews approximately Scampy from avid gamers, coaches, and different officers, Between the Lines is an enthralling memoir of a very distinctive lifestyles in hockey.

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The officials were members of the first NHL crew ever to work in the Olympics, which went hand in hand with the first-time participation of active NHL players in the Games. ~  ~ Chapter  The NHLPA (Players’ Association), the NHLOA (Officials’ Association), and the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) agreed that if the best players in the world were to be present, then a few of the best professional officials should be in attendance as well. Once chosen, the officials’ gig began with IIHF rules meetings prior to going to Nagano.

It was the biggest series, in the biggest town, in front of possibly hockey’s biggest all-time audience. At MSG, the officials usually have a small room just off the Zamboni tunnel, but for the finals, they had a much larger Between the Lines room right across the hall from the Rangers. m. m. start. Usually under such circumstances, they’d wander around for a little while, grab a coffee, and maybe sit in the stands for a few minutes. Mitton sat quietly in the dressing room. “I wandered around a bit with Terry Gregson … came back to our room to find Randy sitting there already halfdressed,” Scampy remembers.

It’s a way to relieve pressure,” Scampy points out. “It’s common knowledge there’s a lot of pressure calling games. I don’t bottle it up. I like to have some fun, break the ice, and get guys ready that way. I knew what was at stake for the players and owners and such, but I wasn’t going to sit around like a zombie. ” It’s this balance that has allowed him to be that lovable little bald guy, yet incredibly well respected at the same time. Besides his regular season numbers, Scampy worked a record 426 playoff games and appeared in twenty Stanley Cup Finals.

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