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Referee Rob Shick to hang up his whistle

March 6, 2009 |  2:44 pm

You know an NHL referee has done a good job when you don't notice him during the game but realize later that he let the players play and kept everyone in line.

Rob Shick is one of those good referees, but the Temecula resident is retiring after he officiates the Kings' game against Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. He's scheduled to have 22 friends and family members in the audience.

Shick made his NHL debut on April 6, 1986, and has officiated 1,319 regular-season games and 130 playoff games. He also worked the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals and two All-Star Games.

He's married and has four kids but has time to host an annual charity golf tournament in Port Alberni, Canada.

Shick, who will work for the NHL, has always been approachable and fair. He deserves a respectful send-off Saturday.

-- Helene Elliott