At the time of his retirement after the 1987 season, D'Amico was the last on-ice official active during the Original Six era. D'Amico's career included 1,689 regular season games and 247 Stanley Cup playoff games, including 20 Stanley Cup Finals. His last one was in 1987. He also worked the Canada Cup.
D'Amico was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.
His health problems started in September 2002 when he suffered a heart attack and underwent bypass surgery. Tests following surgery indicated blood abnormalities and a diagnosis of aplastic anemia, which resulted in gallstone problems.
Just before his death, D'Amico made news headlines across Canada when he spoke out about the poor quality of the country's health care system.
D'Amico is survived by wife Dorothy, sons Angelo, Jeff and Anthony, and daughter Tina. Like his father, Angelo is an NHL linesman.
He was renowned during his career for his immense physical strength. This was especially evident when he was required to break up fights on the ice.
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