Kelowna referee retires after directing 10,000 hockey video games
Not that Dave ‘Mac’ McClellan was counting.
But he estimates that he has refereed around 10,000 hockey games for over 50 years.
“Well, I started refereeing in 1970-71 and it’s not difficult to say that I’ve played 200 games a year, so yeah, that’s probably 10,000 or more,” McClellan said with a laugh.
For 44 years of this half century, 1977-2021, McClellan was a referee and head umpire (1978-2004) at Kelowna Minor Hockey, overseeing regular season, playoff and tournament games at all levels.
He retired from Kelowna Minor Hockey that month but will continue to help develop new umpires for BC Hockey at the BC Hockey League and Western Hockey League levels.
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