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Hall of Fame Linesman John D'Amico Passes Away

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO (May 30, 2005) -- John D'Amico, inducted into the officials' category of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993 after a brilliant 23-year year on-ice career, passed away last night at the age of 67, the National Hockey League announced Monday.

"John D'Amico brought a passion and dedication to his profession both on the ice as a linesman and later as a supervisor of officials," said NHL Executive Vice President Jim Gregory. "A true testament to John's legacy is the respect that players, general managers, coaches, fellow officials and fans had for him.  His love of family, the game and his community was an inspiration to all who have know him. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dorothy, his children and grandchildren."

Mr. D'Amico began his career as an NHL referee, officiating his first game on October 12, 1964. After 22 games as a referee, he commenced his career as a linesman. During the next 22 years he would officiate in 1,689 regular season games. He also worked 247 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including 52 games in the Finals over 20 years as well as six international hockey series. 

Following his retirement in 1987, John moved to the front office as a supervisor of officials.

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