Thankfully, Mike was on the ball and asked Kerry Fraser about this infamous Mario incident:
[Mario] wanted the game officiated a different way, and I agree with him 100%. We were letting far too many things go. The expecatation…the standard had slipped to the point where restraining of the skilled players was just at epidemic proportions. So that frustration all came together that night when he felt he was fouled. He overreacted to some marginal contact that I felt, in my judgment, wasn’t worthy of a penalty, and then he retaliated and took a penalty.
I think it all boiled over at that point in the emotion of all the things he had been dealing with (off the ice)…
The flashpoint hit at that stage and he came out and fortunately he was intercepted by Ronnie Francis and Kevin Stevens and a couple of other players and a serious incident perhaps was avoided.
Tons and tons more of info over at The Hockey Writers link.
We're seriously considering buying this book. Kerry Fraser was a dick.
And all this Fraser talk has us longing for the days when you could strike up an outright hatred for a single NHL referee.
We couldn't even name 10 current NHL head referees if we had a gun to our head.
Take a look at these names:
Andy Van Hellemond
Not to mention guys like Bill McCreary and Don VanMassenhoven.
These guys could make your life a living hell.
Just the sound of their names.
Speaking of Ron Hoggarth, we remember back in 2006 ripping this off some 1992 Pens CD we had:
18 years later, Mike Lange has a way of putting you in the moment.