NHL referee Stephane Auger has retired in order to spend more time with his family, the league announced today.
“After 13 exciting years as an official for the National Hockey League, I have made the difficult decision to retire from this position in order to take a more active role in the growth of my three young children,” said Auger in a statement. “Time away from home during their adolescent years has become more and more difficult each season. Being closer to home will enable me to help my wife, Josée, and allow me to be a more present dad.”
Auger retires having reffed 739 regular-season games and 10 playoff contests. (Fun fact: the NHL chooses what it considers the best refs to work the playoffs.)