John McCauley (referee)

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John McCauley (1945–June 3, 1989[1]) was a National Hockey League (NHL) referee from 1966–1981. He officiated 442 regular season games and 12 playoff games. In 1979, McCauley was assaulted by a fan after a match between the NHL All-Stars and the Soviet Union and sustained a serious injury to his right eye. Although he returned to refereeing, McCauley's depth perception was never the same and he retired from refereeing two years later.[2]

After being appointed assistant Director of Officiating in June 1979,[3] McCauley was the Director of Officiating from 1986 until his death in 1989.[1] His son Wes McCauley is a current NHL referee. Wes refereed his first NHL match in 2003 and was promoted to full-time referee in 2005.[4]


  1. ^ a b Matsumoto, Rick (June 3, 1989). "NHL's John McCauley was 'a players' referee'". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bock, Hal (July 7, 1982). "Is law and order breaking down in hockey?". Gadsen Times. Associated Press. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "John McCauley dies suddenly". Toronto Star. June 2, 1989. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "NHL promotes referees from AHL ranks". The American Hockey League. August 23, 2005. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
Preceded by
Wally Harris
Director of Officiating
Succeeded by
Bryan Lewis