About Ray

Ray was born in Glen Christie, near Guelph Ontario, on November 5, 1946.  Ray is actively involved in charitable events and has initiated the Ray Scapinello Road Hockey Tournament as  yet another way to give back to his home community.

Ray's NHL career began in the 1971/1972 season and spanned 4 decades with his retirement after the 2004 playoffs.  He remains one of the NHL's most recognizable officials.   Here are some of his stats:

First Regular Season Game:   October 17, 1971
(Minnesota at Buffalo)

Final Regular Season Game:  April 2, 2004
(Toronto at Buffalo)

Regular Season Games:        2500

First Playoff Game:              April 4, 1973

Playoff Games:                    426

Games missed in 33 years:   0


Ray was recognized for his contributions to the game of hockey as an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame at the 2008 induction ceremony.  Visit Ray's HHOF inductee page at this link.

To learn more about Ray's career, pick up his book, Between the Lines, the Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray "Scampy" Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHL.

This book was written by Ray and Rob Simpson and provides a "rare glimpse inside the world of hockey from an unusual perspective — through the eyes of one of the game's greatest and best-loved officials."

If you already have a copy of Between the Lines and you would like it autographed, please bring it to the tournament and Ray will gladly personalize your book.

To contact Ray directly, write to ray@raysroadhockey.ca.




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