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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FENN-M&S; Reprint edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771047983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771047985
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Kerry brought tremendous enthusiasm and energy every time he officiated. I was a younger player at the end of Kerry’s officiating career but it was very clear to see his passion for what he did and for wanting to be the best he could be every time he took the ice. He always took the time to explain things when it was needed and remained professional at some of the most intense moments. He was fair and accountable, which is all you could ask for from any official, and of course he never had a hair out of place.”—Sidney Crosby

“I always felt Kerry understood the psychology of hockey, and was always aware of the intimidation factor that was being presented by the teams or certain players. Kerry had the ability to maintain complete control of the game. I really believe he wanted the players themselves to play the game the way it was meant to be played. With courage, honour, and respect.”—Mark Messier

“I always felt comfortable when Kerry Fraser was refereeing a game. He was in control of the situation and very communicative to the coaches. He made a very difficult job look easy because of his control and style.”—Scotty Bowman

“A good referee makes the game better. Kerry Fraser was a great referee. He allowed the game to be played without prejudice. He retires with many admirers in the game, which is testimony to the high standard he held himself to!”—Bobby Clarke

“I can’t think of anyone who, while making his living inside the game of hockey, did it with better intelligence and perspective. Every time Kerry stepped on the ice to do his job—one of the hardest in sports—his analytical approach, his feel for the game, and his compassion for the players, set him apart. He was notoriously well-groomed, of course, but even more well-respected.”—Glen Sather
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About the Author

KERRY FRASER, born May 30, 1952, in Sarnia, Ontario, is the most senior referee in the National Hockey League. He joined the NHL Officials Association on September 1, 1973, and officiated his first game in the 1980-81 season. He will retire from officiating after the 2009-10 season. Fraser lives in New Jersey.

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Well written and interesting!
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Even so I just thought the whole thing was too much of a light read when he really could have gotten into it like he does with his column on TSN.ca.
Brian Maitland
Very enjoyable book, one I would recommend to any hockey fan.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after reading an excerpt in The Hockey News Magazine. I really didn't know what to expect. Fraser paints a picture of the NHL that is grueling, touching, and funny. He follows his time from his ascension into the ranks as an NHL Referee and follows some extremely memorable moments up until his last game. Fraser discusses some confrontations and experiences with players that are often colorful. What was most endearing about this book were the touching and emotional moments that Fraser experienced. He shows how meaningful hockey has been to him and many of the players he has worked with over the years. As he talks about his last games in different hockey venues, i found myself touched with the admiration and respect that some of the NHL's legendary players had for Fraser. This book is wonderful. I am a college student and amid my various due dates and other responsibilities i found myself reading this book whenever i had a chance. I very highly recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HockeyLoversWife on November 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this book for my husband after he (like a previous Hockey News subscriber) became intrigued from reading excerpts in the latest issue. It arrived today and my husband can't put it down! For any woman married to a hockey fan, this is the perfect gift for Christmas ... and for those of us who have learned to love the game after being married to a hockey fan, we will patiently wait our turn for the chance to read it after he's done!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By refto on November 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Loved reading it... Great stories... cool to learn about what is really said on the ice...Highly entertaining and i would recommend it strongly for any hockey fan...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NYC Reader on December 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best hockey books I've read in a while. It gave some insight about what actually goes on on the ice between players and officials. Kerry Fraser talks about his most memorable NHL arenas and his most moments in each of them. He references some games that I remember watching on TV, as well as ones that I attended. I recommend this to any hockey fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amory Ross on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was a hockey goalie for twenty years. Regardless of how long I stood in the blue, I always wondered what some of the conversations were between players and referees. I've always wanted to know what sort of comments were made between players and what the referees had to deal with. I guess I found out what some of the things were said, but it felt like it wasn't even scratching the surface.

I can't imagine being an NHL referee. They work as part of a system that requires them to be invisible. They are not there to make a game have a different outcome - they are only there to call it fair. It is a position that I feel struggles to ever gain recognition. How would most of us feel if we were told to be invisible? And to be fair, the better you are, the more invisible you are to the all-seeing eye that is the audience, players, coaches, general managers, and the league. To see coaches and players yell at referees in frustration only to be backed up with a home crowd of twenty thousand expressing displeasure makes one wonder why even bother? It is this question that led me to reading this book.

To be fair, Mr. Fraser is certainly not an author. That much is evident on every page. If I may compare Fraser's style to a Saturday Night Live skit that involved a cast member playing Mark Wahlberg. The cast member was stopping people and constantly saying, "Say hi to your motha for me, ok?" I felt like this was how Fraser wrote. It felt like every paragraph involved the following sentence structure: "____________ is a great man. I am blessed to have experienced ___________'s presence and have much respect for the man and what he's done." I won't deny that Fraser probably does have that much respect for the large amount of cast members that adorn his pages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eyevet on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been waiting eagerly for this book since I knew of its publication, and after an easy couple of days read, I found that the wait was worthwhile. I believe any hockey fan will enjoy the insights and wonderful stories about hockey's famous and not so famous, as well as what it is really like to officiate the fast paced, hard hitting game of professional ice hockey. If you love the game, this insightful and intertaining memoir is a must. if you're not a fan, it is still a must read that will provide a window into the life of one of the most enduring and revered referees in the history of the NHL. This book will bring not only a smile to your face, but also may bring a tear to your eye. When I finished reading the compelling recollections of Kerry Fraser, I found myself wanting more. Thanks Kerry for putting the same heart and soul you gave to professional hockey, all those years, into this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kerry Fraser provides readers with an inside look at hockey. Readers are given a rare look at the human side of being an NHL Official. In this book, Kerry opened his heart for all to see. Readers will experience the emotions and pressures that he experienced. This is one book that you will not be able to put down. If you always wanted to know what it feels like to be an NHL Referee, this is the book. If you always wanted to know what is said on the ice, this is the book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hockey. This may be Kerry Fraser's "The Final Call", but I hope it is not his final book.
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