By Ron Wicks
From the minors to the massive time, former NHL referee Ron Wicks recounts lifestyles off and on the ice.
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Both of these Hall-of-Famers won the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year while playing for the Leafs. Mr. Davidson took in some of our midget games looking for prospects, and there was an incident in the League Championship game in 1959 that apparently caught his eye. As a result, he submitted my name as a potential refereeing candidate to Carl Voss, the then NHL referee-in-chief. In the incident in question, the police team was leading 3–2, as the regulation time in the championship game ran out.
Ron Wicks made the tough calls at critical times. I should know, as he gave me many opportunities to work on my penalty-killing skills at Maple Leaf Gardens. His record of 1,067 professional games speaks for itself. A true measure of a successful person is what they give back. Ron is tops in this category as well. I have witnessed his voluntary charity hours, his willingness to lace up the skates to referee countless alumni fundraising games and even take time to be an instructor at my Oldtimer’s Hockey Clinic.
Expansion 1967 For the better part of four decades, the National Hockey League consisted of six geographically tight teams: Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Detroit, and Chicago. Teams and fans could hop on a train or bus and travel easily between each city to see games played by the Original Six. The expansion of 1967, which added teams from Philadelphia, Pittsburg, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, and Los Angeles to the roster, turned the NHL into a continent-wide league with extensive air travel.
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