Newfoundland Hockey’s Most Respected Official – Ron Healey

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Updated: September 23, 2014

Ron HealeyBeing an on ice official has to be one of the most dreaded jobs in the Newfoundland hockey scene.  Fans, players and coaches always see things differently and regardless of the calls made on the ice, there is someone at the arena that doesn’t agree.  However, to those who truly know the game of hockey here in the province would tell you that Ron Healey was the exception.

Healey was arguably the most respected official in Newfoundland hockey history, recognized for his firm yet fair approach to the game.  As the man in charge of a game he treated players and coaches alike.  His knowledge of the game came from his hard work on and off the ice.

As an official, he attained a Level Six certification as a referee, the same standard demanded of both the NHL and international level officials.  This allowed him to referee many of the tournaments around Newfoundland and Labrador but also saw him step into the national light, officiating games at the Allan Cup.  He was also nominated to referee at both the world championships and the Olympic Games.

Off the ice, Ron Healey was passionate about sports.  He served as the recreation director in the town of Bishop Falls and was on the board of directors for Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador for over 20 years, one of which he spent as president.  Many of the policies and programs he helped developed are still evident across many of the recreation departments in the province.

His love of the game that he was most often associated with saw him become one of the founding members of the Central Newfoundland Junior Hockey League.   He had a great deal of influence in the creation and operation of the Bishop’s Falls Junior Express.  Even later in his life he did not give up on the game of hockey and was one of the driving forces behind the Central Newfoundland Old Timers Hockey League.  He also served as the provincial chair for Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador.

His contribution to the game of hockey saw him being inducted into the Newfoundland Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002, taking his place in hockey history in the builder category.

Ron Healey passed away on New Year’s Day in 2010 at the age of 72 but his influences towards the game of hockey live on.

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