Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray ''Scampy'' Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHL

Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray ''Scampy'' Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHL

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by Ray Scapinello, Rob Simpson
     
 

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To hockey fans everywhere, Ray Scapinello’s name and face (and bald head) 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, officiating in four different decades at the highest level of hockey.

His 5-foot-7 frame and 163 pounds belie his ability and

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To hockey fans everywhere, Ray Scapinello’s name and face (and bald head) 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, officiating in four different decades at the highest level of hockey.

His 5-foot-7 frame and 163 pounds belie his ability and endurance on the ice. Even in the heyday of bench brawls and the Broad Street Bullies, Ray was always in the middle of the action, but never missed a single game for injury, illness, or any other reason.

When Ray retired in 2004 after 33 years in the NHL, he had officiated in 2,500 regular season matches, 426 playoff games, and an astounding twenty Stanley Cup final series. But even his untouchable statistics do not do justice to the respect Scapinello has earned from officials, players, coaches, and fans alike. On and off the ice, Scampy is considered one of hockey’s great personalities, a consummate professional, a chronic practical joker, and a true ambassador of the sport.

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. With hockey journalist and broadcaster Rob Simpson, Scampy shares his tales of life as an official, both on and off the ice, revealing an inside look at what the 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, personal perspectives 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470838341
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/11/2006
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Ray “Scampy” Scapinello set untouchable records for games worked by an official in his 33 years as a linesman in the National Hockey League, including 2,500 regular season contests and 426 playoff games. His work ethic and dedication to the game earned him trips to an astounding twenty Stanley Cup final series. Since retiring from the NHL in 2004, Scapinello has been working as a supervisor for the Ontario Hockey League and the Central Hockey League in the US. Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, he has lived in the same neighborhood for 50 years, where he and his wife Maureen raised their son, Ryan. Ray recently established the Ray Scapinello Foundation to help Guelph area students pay for college.

Rob Simpson is the host of a weekly TV series for the Boston Bruins and is the game-night off-ice reporter for all Bruins games on the New England Sports Network (NESN). For four seasons he produced and hosted Maple Leaf America on Leafs TV in Toronto. Simpson has penned articles for the Hockey News, and for Oahu This Week. From 1997 to 2003, Rob was the play-by-play voice on radio and television in the WCHL and ECHL, and was director of broadcasting for Diamond Sports in Boise, Idaho. Rob has taken the road less traveled during a twenty-year broadcasting career, including calling horse races in Michigan, commercial voice work in Australia, and being a TV weatherman in Hawaii. He currently lives in Boston and with his family in Hockessin, Delaware.

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