OK, I probably gave myself carpal-tunnel in the process, but I wanted to try and figure out all the referees who have worked games in the International Hockey League this season and just clicked through about 300 game boxes.
Then I ranked the referees.
I think this is everybody. And I preface these rankings by telling you, there's nothing scientific about it. Just gut reaction when I think about them calling, say, Game 7 of the Turner Cup Finals.
The top spot was easy. Everything beyond that was a bit murky.
1) Bob Langdon
2) Craig Welker
3) Brett Klosowski
4) Kevin Graber
5) John Searle
6) Ryan Carroll
7) Jarrod Ragusin
8) Scott Bokal
9) Dean Sanborn
10) Mike Mondalek
11) Ken Gallagher
12) Jim Hawthorne
13) Derek Berkebile
I haven’t seen the following referees enough to even guess: Gene Binda, Joe Sullivan, Mike McCreary, Tom Steinel.
I'll leave the linesmen rankings to my loyal readers.
- For those interested, the IHL record for points is 132 and wins is 62, both set by the San Diego Gulls in 1992-93.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette