Know Your Rule: Top 5 NHL Officials

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Know Your Rule: Top 5 NHL Officials
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NHL officials are the highest paid officials of the four major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL). Being an official is a prestigious honor and requires a long journey where tenure and experience is invaluable.

Referees and linesmen have to be masterful ice skaters, as the job requires speed to keep up with the flow of the game and maneuverability to avoid getting in the way. Not getting in the way—a major component that is often overlooked.

The next time you watch an NHL game, try to focus on the officials and notice how well they stay out of the way of the puck and the players. The skill is only amplified by doing so in a confined hockey rink where the are no out-of-bounds.

This is a tribute to the hardest working, most skilled officials in all of sports. We take a look at the top five NHL officials.

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