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Meet our GHL Refs

The GHL is very grateful for the people that volunteer and give up valuable time on Saturday Evenings so that players can play safe, enjoyable, and well-reffed hockey.

The league appreciates all of the people that don the stripes and want the players to get a profile of the people that award them goals, assists, and the occasional penalty. We asked all of the refs 10 questions and will present their responses.

So, next time you that you see a GHL ref, let them know that you appreciate what they do for the league…..

DANIEL O'CALLAGHAN

 

Occupation?
Software Project Manager

What do you do in your free time? 
Raise a young son, ride a motorcycle, and play lots of hockey.

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Facebook did.  Mary Jackson noticed I joined the Facebook page and spoke up.  She was actually my wedding coordinator on the day I was married and went to school with my wife.  Small world!

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
This is my first and loving it.

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
Craft beer AND pizza, but it would have to be both, not one or the other.

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
Toronto Maple Leafs and it was #17, Wendel Clark.

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
The wooden spoon, or just the look my dad gave me if I ever got out of line.  He was a police officer and I knew when to not push his buttons.

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Ireland was and still is a special place for me.

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
Walking Dead and Game of Thrones!

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
I like to goof around on the guitar.  Also, speaking of Ireland, I spent some time there and my son was also born on St. Patrick's Day.

WAYNE COLLINS

Occupation?
Featherweight UFC Fighter

What do you do in your free time? 
Go Streaking 

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Guy named Google

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
Played for 5, reffed for 4

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
Guy – bucket of bud, Girl – phone number

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
Boston Bruins- Ray Bourque 

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
Never punished I am the Golden Child!!!!

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Adult Establishments

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
Adult Movies

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
I love to eat Cheetos and River Dance.

 

NICK VOCAL

Occupation?
Aside from running the greatest hockey league ever, I work in software and technology.

What do you do in your free time? 
Enjoy cooking as well as spending time with my two daughters.

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Kristen Lafferty after seeking treatment from a back injury.

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
Played for 8, reffing for 5, Current GHL Commish

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
Just ask nicely and I’ll happily throw the game for you

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
Growing up I was a huge fan of Patrick Roy

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
I remember my mom putting our toys on the top shelf of the closet, perhaps that’s why I grew up to be so tall?

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Anywhere warm will do!

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
Wes Anderson films such as The Royal Tenenbaums

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
I like to play the Drums, Guitar and Piano, all pretty badly!

RICHARD SCAPILLATI

Occupation?
Wallpaper Guru

What do you do in your free time? 
As little as possible with Maximum effort .

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Newspaper Article

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
Ref for 9, played for 12, former GHL Commish

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
Round of Golf with Sarah Lafferty

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
Les Habitants  # 9  Rocket Richard

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
Black strap with the RED stripe on it!  Something like the shirt I wear on Sat Nights to hand out discipline!

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Italy to see the history

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
Dexter, My Hero. Close second - Vikings and Game of Thrones

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
Being a Grandpa to Two Grankids ❤

DREW THORNE

Occupation?
Electrician

What do you do in your free time? 
Snowmobile and spend time outdoors with family.  

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
My girlfriend (Stephanie Dyck, Canadiens)

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
This is my first time reffing and my second winter season playing. I've also played one summer. 

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
Beer

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
Toronto Maple Leafs

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
I was good and never got punished

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Somewhere Snowmobiling

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
The Walking Dead

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
I love to snowmobile

NIGEL DAVIS

Occupation?
2nd cook at casino and cook at red lobster 

What do you do in your free time? 
Play different sports and go to the gym

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Pete Higgins

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
12 years

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
A beer at Silks every Saturday for a season

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
New Jersey Devils / Martin Brodeur

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
Punishment was no hockey for a week

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
See all of Canada

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
Stripes / Caddyshack

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
When I do something, I give it my all

DAN JASMIN

Occupation?
Truck Mechanic

What do you do in your free time? 
Sports – Hockey, Volleyball, Baseball

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Erica Lawrence

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
Playing – 3 years, Reffing – 1st full year

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
Appleton Rum by the case

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
GHL Sabres / Tim Salisbury (lol)

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
Leather Belt

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Jamaica Mon!!!

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
Sons of Anarchy

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
Only started playing hockey 3 years ago. Never had an opportunity to play as a kid.

DREW UNRUH

Occupation?
Photographer / new media entrepreneur. 

What do you do in your free time? 
Travel to as many places as possible. 

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Possibly, Ben Lockyer, maybe Jon Wiens? It’s been a few years. 

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
On and off for the last 7-8 years

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
Pizza….always Pizza.

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
Pittsburgh Penguins / Malkin 

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
Having to sit on the “thinking stump.” While camping one year my dad found a stump that was just outside of our campsite and used it as the spot for my timeouts… that was the worst. I could see all of the fun they were having but had to sit there alone.

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Oh, this is a hard one. I’ve been lucky to travel quite a bit. One of my favourite places was eating a pizza at a restaurant right outside of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
So many, I love good TV. Anything Marvel… As well, I’ve been watching This is Us with my girlfriend and it’s amazing. 

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
I won it all on the Price is Right. A car in the game, and a trip around the world in the Showcase Showdown.

ROB WEIER

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Occupation?
Chartered Accountant

What do you do in your free time? 
Run our 2 boys around to hockey and lacrosse.

Who Introduced you to the GHL? 
Wife - Kathy

How many years you have reffed / played in the GHL? 
3 years of reffing

If a player needed to win the final game, and had to bribe you with something, what would that be? 
A beer at Silks – limit of 10 per night.

Favourite NHL Hockey Team / Player ?
New York Islanders – John Tavares

What was the worst punishment you had as a kid? 
Wait till your father gets home! He packed a pretty good spanking.

Favourite Place in the World to go or want to go? 
Camp Mac Mac – A fishing camp we go to on Lake Nipissing

Favourite TV Show or Movie? 
Hangover 1, 2 and 3

Name an interesting fact about yourself.
Love fishing when I have the chance.