Terry Gregson

One of the best NHL officials and the 2012 NASO Gold Whistle Award winner.

Terry Gregson’s key accomplishments include:

For 25 years, Terry Gregson kept watch over the ice as players like Wayne Gretsky, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier battled for three periods – or sometimes longer. Gregson wore the stripes for the NHL from 1981 to 2004. He officiated 1,427 regular-season contests and 158 playoff assignments, including nine Staney Cup Finals. He served as president of the NHL Officials Association. Today, he’s a highly sought after speaker and clinician.

At age 16, he earned his Ontario Minor Hockey Association referee card. He played hockey professionally in Europe for one year, but it was in the officiating ranks where he would rise on the ice. In 1978, he was hired by the NHL as a trainee and worked in the Western Junior, Central Hockey and International Hockey leagues. The former school teacher got his career break in 1979, when NHL Supervisor Scott Morrison hired him to work his way through the ranks. Two years later, he was assigned to work a NHL game between the Los Angeles Kings and Harford Whalers at Hartford, Conn. While the Whalers didn’t last in Hartford, Gregson lasted in the NHL.

But his dedication to hockey didn’t end when he hung up his uniform, which bore number 4. He moved into an administrative position with the NHL, serving as senior vice-president and director of officiating from 2009-13.

More about Terry Gregson:

  • Received the Gold Whistle Award, officiating’s highest honor, in 2012.
  • Officiated the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals when the New York Rangers won for the first time in 54 years – a game he considers the highlight of his officiating career.
  • When he was 12, he faced the prospect of losing his leg. Doctors successfully removed a benign tumor.
Terry Gregson appeared in a feature article in the August 2012 issue of Referee Magazine.

What people have said about Ed Hochuli:

“In sports, you frequently hear the expression, ‘a player’s coach.' Well, I think of Terry as a ‘referee’s supervisor.’ In working with Terry on the ODA (Officiating Development Alliance), he has an air of confidence, yet is very calm. That is a great trait to have as the head of any referee organization. He is well respected for being a top NHL referee and remembers what it is like when talking to them now. He talks to everyone at the same level and not down to them, even on the ODA, where many of us know little about hockey.”

— Joe Borgia

NBA vice president of Referee Operations

“Terry deserves the Gold Whistle Award because … he’s a compassionate person who truly cares about his staff, not only professionally, but, more important, personally. He’ll make every effort to accommodate any one of our officials when it comes to personal and family issues. He’s that kind of guy.”

— Kevin Collins

NHL referee who worked the seventh game of the 1994 Stanley Cup with Gregson

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