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The Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes Paperback – Nov 15 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FENN-M&S; Reprint edition (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771047983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771047985
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,849 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 wa

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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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Format: Hardcover
This book was fantastic! It gave me a real life, honest, human look at not only what happens on the ice but how one man's career affected players, coaches, fans, his family and himself. The first chapter called "Holding On" describes the difficulty saying goodbye to a 30 yr. career and dropping that puck one last time to start his last game ( the Flyers vs. the Rangers:winner goes to the play-offs! )In between it's full of personal stories,major games that Fraser refereed, his love of family and faith, an insider's look from ice level at the game he obviously loves. The last chapter titled "Letting Go" takes us back to that last game and not only describes the game as if you were sitting there watching it but deals with the difficulty of letting go of a career that in some ways defines you as a person. It is touching,(the Theoren Fleury chapter) funny ( the Tiger Williams Story), controversial (describes the politics of the job) and insightful ... from the early years with rookie superstars ( Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman,Crosby ) to the demands of the job. Once I started it I could not put it down. Great job Fraser and you will be sorely missed!
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Extremely average book especially given the great columns Kerry Fraser now writes about NHL rules controversies during the season and playoffs on TSN.ca. I wanted so much more depth. Other than learning Fraser has seven kids (thankfully, unlike Shawn Kemp, he was no horndog and is still married to the same woman), bought Mike Keenan's house in the Philly suburbs and coaches swear a lot.

He does addresses the two biggest controversies of his career (the '93 playoffs non-call on the LA Kings' Wayne Gretzky that Toronto Maple Leafs fans refuse to forget and the Quebec Nordiques goal he called off vs. the Montreal Canadiens in one of the wildest Battle of Quebec series ever that remains a sore point with Nords' fans to this day long after the team had moved to Denver). 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.
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Take a trip through the NHL teams, players, coaches, arenas and cities as Kerry Fraser looks back on an outstanding career as an NHL referee. Well written and thought-out, Fraser's book captures the essence of what it takes to be a referee in the hard-hitting, fast game of hockey. As much a travelogue and history book as a biography, "The Final Call" delivers the goods with emotion, humour and a personal touch. I laughed, I cried, I read out passages to my friends and family. Get this book. You won't be disappointed.
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Good book for those who like sports. Not only tells stories about reffing, but about experiences with other players and the life of a ref.
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Very Insightful look into the life and times of one of Canada's unsung hero's in the game we all know and love!
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Gave as a gift to my referee husband & he was glad to receive it, was an interesting read. Decent price
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To much of Kerry Faser's "I" "I" "I" - too one-sided and arrogant.
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