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The Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes Paperback – November 15, 2011
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"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 wa
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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.Read more ›
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Great read from an official's perspective. Plus Kerry Fraser was an all time great which I've watched for so many years. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Anthony Volonnino
Got this as a Christmas present for my son-in-law who is an avid hockey fan. He has many books on hockey and wanted this one. He loves it.Published 10 days ago by Constance E. Roberts
What an amazing, well written, inside perspective that no one could give better than Kerry Fraser himself. His ability to tell a story is second to none. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jess
Fraser wrote an entertaining book, and he has great hair. He makes fun of his hair a few times in the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by malipka
Great insight as to what was going on, and what awake up as to how they all lived. I knew it was tough, now we can see why they unionized.I have to say it was . world back then. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dave
There are two types of sports biography: the honest, no holds barred, locker room talk exposed, funny stories and then there are the "golly, my life has been swell and I'd... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matty Jets