Ray "Scampy" Scapinello set untouchable records for games worked by an official in his 33 years as a linesman in the National Hockey League. His work ethic and dedication to the game earned him trips to an astounding twenty Stanley Cup final series as well as deep respect from officials, players, coaches, and fans alike. On and off the ice, Ray is considered one of hockey’s great personalities, a chronic practical joker, and a true ambassador of the sport. Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Ray has lived in the same neighbourhood for more than 50 years and in 2006 he started the Ray Scapinello Foundation to help needy students from the area pay for college.
Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray "Scampy" Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHLby Ray Scapinello, Rob Simpson
To hockey fans, Ray Scapinello's name and face are as recognizable as any star player or coach in the NHL. Scampy, as he is affectionately known, has had a long and storied career as a linesman in the NHL. His 5-foot-7 frame and 163 pounds belie his ability and endurance on the ice. When Ray retired in 2004 after 33 years in the NHL, he had officiated in 2,500… See more details below
To hockey fans, Ray Scapinello's name and face are as recognizable as any star player or coach in the NHL. Scampy, as he is affectionately known, has had a long and storied career as a linesman in the NHL. His 5-foot-7 frame and 163 pounds belie his ability and endurance on the ice. When Ray retired in 2004 after 33 years in the NHL, he had officiated in 2,500 regular season matches (never missing a game), 426 playoff games, and an astounding twenty Stanley Cup final series. His untouchable statistics make him a lock to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame as an official. Between the Lines gives a rare glimpse inside the world of hockey from an unusual perspective: through the eyes of one of the game's greatest and best-loved officials. Scampy shares his tales of life both on and off the ice as an official, an inside look at what those players and coaches are really like, what they really say and do, and what the game looks like between the lines. Full of fun stories, perspective on how the game has changed and evolved, and stories and interviews about Scampy from players, coaches, and other officials, Between the Lines is a captivating memoir of a truly unique life in hockey.
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A good read and a lot of good stories, but many of them Scampy was not even a part of. I would have preferred if the focus of the book remained about Scamps.