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Referee Mike Leggo Gets Proper Send-off in Final Game

LA Kings celebrate longtime NHL official as he hangs up his skates after over 1,200 games

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Longtime NHL referee Mike Leggo hung up his skates for the final time following the LA Kings and Arizona Coyotes game last night.

His family, friends, the fans and even both teams at STAPLES Center made sure he got a proper send-off after officiating over 1,200 games since the 1996-97 season.

Before the game, Kings captain Anze Kopitar presented Leggo with a personalized No. 3 Kings jersey that was signed by the entire team.

Tweet from @LAKingsPR: Pregame as @AnzeKopitar reps us and presents a special jersey to Mike Leggo who refs his final game here tonight. pic.twitter.com/TYUWskP0Ng

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Leggo got just that as Kings mascot Bailey made sure to say goodbye in his own way.

Tweet from @BaileyLAKings: Congrats on an amazing @NHL Career Mr. Leggo. We will miss you! pic.twitter.com/q21g3CxZpE

Once he was on the ice, the 52-year-old appeared to enjoy every minute of his final NHL game.

Tweet from @Sheng_Peng: Mike Leggo has a smile before the last NHL game of 20-year career pic.twitter.com/pRRHoExDFm

Midway through the third period, the fans at STAPLES Center gave hime a standing ovation, and his family came down to the glass to congratulate Leggo on his tremendous career.

Video: ARI@LAK: Staples Center honors retiring Mike Leggo

Leggo Career Highlights:

  • 21 NHL seasons
  • 1,213 regular season games
  • 42 Stanley Cup playoff games
  • 2000 NHL preseason games in Japan
  • 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas
  • 2010 NHL Premiere Series in Europe
  • 2011 Heritage Classic outdoor game in Calgary
  • 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
  • 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles

Those accolades aside, Leggo acheived cult legend status during a Dallas Stars vs. Washington Capitals game in 2013 when he can gave a candid reason for why Shawn Horcoff was being called for a penalty:

Watch: Youtube Video

In his final year as an NHL official, Leggo has spent time giving back and mentoring younger referees at the AHL level.

It was fitting that his career ended in Los Angeles, as Leggo also had his family on hand at STAPLES Center in 2014 when he was honored for reaching his 1,000 game milestone.

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