Mick McGeough, NHL referee for 21 seasons, dies at 62

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              FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2005, file photo referee Mick McGeough, right, explains his penalty call on Calgary Flames' Marcus Nilson during the first period of NHL hockey action against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia. The NHL said in a statement Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, that McGeough, a former NHL referee, died Friday night in Regina, Saskatchewan.  He was 62. McGeough worked 21 seasons from 1987 through 2008, refereeing 1,083 regular-season games and 63 playoff games. He was one of the last referees to officiate without a helmet.  (AP Photo/Richard Lam, File)
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REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) — Former NHL referee Mick McGeough has died at 62.

The NHL said in a statement Saturday that McGeough died Friday night in Regina. A page set up on the Go Fund Me website to support his family said he had a stroke a week ago.

McGeough worked 21 seasons from 1987 through 2008, refereeing 1,083 regular-season games and 63 playoff games. He was one of the last referees to officiate without a helmet. Most recently, he worked as an NHL officiating supervisor

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called him “one of the league’s top referees” whose “passion for the game shone through on a nightly basis.” Bettman added in a statement that McGeough earned leaguewide respect for his “unique style that that combined humility and humor with decisiveness and fairness.”

He is survived by his wife, Angie, and five children — Jared, Luke, Kara, Karlie and Isaac.