Former NHL referee Mick McGeough has died, the NHL announced Saturday. He was 62.
The statement said McGeough died Friday night in Regina, capital of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. A GoFundMe page set up to support his family said he had a stroke a week ago.
McGeough worked 21 seasons from 1987 through 2008, refereeing 1,083 regular-season games and 63 playoff games. He was one of the last referees to officiate without a helmet. Most recently, he worked as an NHL officiating supervisor
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called him “one of the league’s top referees” whose “passion for the game shone through on a nightly basis.” Bettman added in a statement that McGeough earned leaguewide respect for his “unique style that that combined humility and humor with decisiveness and fairness.”
He is survived by his wife Angie and five children — Jared, Luke, Kara, Karlie and Isaac.