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Mick McGeough, NHL referee for 21 seasons and former Spokane player, dies at 62

Former NHL referee Mick McGeough has died at 62. The NHL says he died in Regina, Saskatchewan. McGeough worked 21 seasons from 1987 through 2008. He was one of the last referees to officiate without a helmet. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman calls him “one of the league’s top referees” whose “passion for the game shone through on a nightly basis.”

Referee injured and stretchered off court

Referee Rick Crawford was doing OK after leaving the court on a stretcher after he was inadvertently struck in the face by Vanderbilt center Damian Jones following the opening tipoff of the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday night. Crawford threw the ball up for the opening tipoff and as Jones came down, it appeared as if his arm struck the 19-year official flush on the face. Crawford immediately fell to the court, and was tended to by medical professionals for roughly 10 minutes before being carried off the court. Crawford said he “felt an elbow hit me across my right eye and then I just went down,” following the tipoff. “It was a little scary.” Crawford said he did not have concussion symptoms. Vanderbilt defeated La Salle 68-55. – AP

Former high school football referee Jack Shagool dies at 87

Former high school football referee Jack Shagool died Sunday after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 87. Shagool, the father of former Ferris volleyball coach and current Saxons athletic director Stacey Ward, is survived by his wife, Mardelle; two sons, Scott and Chuck; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Woman earns varsity football referee’s stripes

On a recent Sunday afternoon, the fifth/sixth-grade football teams from All Saints and Assumption schools faced each other at Gonzaga Prep. Observers may have noticed something different about one of the three officials on the field. As the only woman in the Inland Empire Football Officials Association, Mary Harvill is used to double takes from coaches, kids and parents.

Keeping an eye on the ball

For the past half-century, Gary Broadbent has been a Technicolor man living a black and blue life. Since 1959, when he first officially donned a black-and-white referee jersey as a 19-year-old former basketball player, Broadbent has been a game official. He added the baseball umpire’s blue to his wardrobe a few years later and followed that with a softball uniform and another for volleyball.