Ron Wicks, former National Hockey League (NHL) Referee and a long time Brampton resident officiated: 1,400 Regular Season Games, 175 Playoff Games, 5 Stanley Cup Finals, and 3 NHL All Star Games. He held the record as the longest serving official in NHL history when he retired in 1986.
When Ron, affectionately known as Wicksie, first started his NHL career in 1960, he was one of only 11 officials on staff. Ron entered the NHL as a linesman during the era when the Toronto Maple Leafs won three Stanley Cups in four years. Ron was the youngest official in the history of the NHL at 20 years of age; he officiated, professional hockey for 26 seasons and was instrumental in the formation of the NHL Officials Association in 1969.
Ron's glory years spanned the NHL's golden era of the "Original Six" from Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr to the era dominated by Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. However, leaving the NHL did not mean leaving the game he loved. Ron wore the stripes for NHL Oldtimer benefit games. He participated with NHL Legends in exhibition games featuring the legendary Flying Fathers, a group of Catholic clerics led by former Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup winner, Father Les Costello, who raised millions of dollars for charitable endeavours.
Ron was also involved in Lacrosse and was the General Manager of Team Canada in 1978 when they defeated the United States 17-16 in Manchester England to win the World Field Lacrosse Championship. He was also the Director of Officiating for the National Lacrosse League for several years.
Ron is a member of the Brampton YMCA, Brampton Golf Club and is the NHL Officials Association Alumni rep. He has instructed at numerous referee clinics. Ron has also authored his autobiography, "A Referee's Life" which is an entertaining recap of his time in stripes. Ron is also a Member of the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame.
Inducted May 12, 2011