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Former NHL referee died after a long and tough battle with cancer

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The National Hockey League announced on Friday afternoon that former NHL referee Bruce Hood died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 81 years old.

Hood refereed more than 1,100 NHL games during his 21-year career.

As reported by the Toronto Star's Josh Clipperton, "Hood was on the ice for some of the NHL’s most iconic moments during his more than two decades as an official, including Bobby Orr’s overtime goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup final that won the Boston Bruins their first title in 29 seasons."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement on the passing of the renowned referee, yesterday:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during these difficult times.