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Andy Van Hellemond

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Andy Van Hellemond (HHOF ’99) is a former National Hockey League referee and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1999. He refereed his first NHL game in 1972 at the age of 23. That game was the first of many over a twenty-five year career. He was ranked the league’s number one official 14 times and holds every major refereeing record, including most regular season’s games, playoff games and most appearances in the Stanley Cup finals. He was also the first ref to wear a helmet in 1984. He retired in 1996 and became senior vice-president of the East Coast Hockey League. On October 25, 2010 Van Hellemond was elected to Ward Two of the Guelph City Council, winning with 29.86% of the vote over both incumbents.

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