Bruce Hood

NHL Official: 1963 to 1984


Birthplace: Wentworth County, ON
Regular Season: 1033 Games (Referee)
Playoffs: 157 Games
Stanley Cup Finals: 4


Hood, started officiating local hockey in Milton, Ontario in 1959 at the age of 23 and over the following five seasons he would go on and reach the following leagues: Ontario Hockey Association, the International Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, the Eastern Pro Hockey League, the Central Hockey League and finally the American Hockey League. The native of Campbellville, Ontario (now part of the town of Milton) worked as a referee for the National Hockey League for 21 years from 1963 to 1984. He made his NHL debut in 1965 at the old Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto. Instrumental in the formation of the NHL Officials Association (NHLOA) in 1969, Hood was the last referee to officiate in all of the ‘Original Six’ buildings. He left the ice with some impressive numbers for his era, having worked a total of 1,033 NHL Regular Season Games and 157 NHL Playoffs Games. He was the first referee to reach the 1,000 NHL games milestone and was also selected during his journey with the NHL to officiate three NHL All-Star Games and also three Canada Cup Series. Hood worked several Stanley Cup Finals and was on the ice during game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals when Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr scored the Cup-winning goal 40 seconds into overtime. Orr was tripped moments later and the picture of Orr flying through the air became one of hockey's most iconic moments. Hood left hand can be seen on the famous picture at the bottom right! Following his retirement, Hood became the first professional referee to work the 1985 World’s Championships hosted in Prague, Czechoslovakia that year. Eager to teach and make the officiating world better, Hood operated developmental camps for hockey officials (referee schools) during a period of eighteen years. His passion for the officiating world and also a lifetime advocate of safe hockey and strong officiating standards got him involved in the development of the first ‘Official’s Situation Handbook’. He also designed a successful line of officiating equipment, much of which is either still used or used as the basis for modern designs. After his officiating days were over, Hood operated a series of local travel agencies. He also served as vice-chair of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario and president of the Association of Canadian Travel Agents. He was also appointed as Air Travel Complaints Commissioner from 2000 to 2002. He authored two best-sellers; “Calling the Shots” in 1988 and “The Good of the Game” in 1989. His contribution to the world of officiating was recognized in November 2017 when Hood was inducted into the Milton Sports Hall of Fame in the builder category. Hood died on January 5th, 2018 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.



Milestones




All-Star Games


1978 -- Buffalo, NY Buffalo Memorial Auditorium January 04, 1978
1977 -- Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum January 25, 1977
1972 -- Bloomington, MN Met Center January 25, 1972
1984 -- East Rutherford, NJ Brendan Byrne Arena January 31, 1984


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The NHLOA (National Hockey League Officials' Association), was born in 1969 out of a need to improve working conditions, salaries and other benefits for officials of the National Hockey League.
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