Kerry Fraser was born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada on May 30, 1952. Kerry’s father, Hilt Fraser, was a professional hockey player as well as a boxer, world class sailor and outdoorsman. As such, Kerry first strapped on a pair of ice skates at the tender age of 15 months; not too long after learning to walk and began playing organized hockey at the age of 5. Progressing through youth hockey to the Junior A level in Canada, Kerry was known as a good “little” player that played tougher and much bigger than opponents expected from his diminutive 5’7” frame. After completing a successful Junior A hockey career Kerry came to a crossroads in the game. Since he wasn’t drafted by the NHL or newly formed World Hockey Association, rather than play in the minor professional leagues or accept one of the many Division 1 hockey scholarships Kerry had been offered, he decided to pursue a career within the game as a referee. While attending a 5 day referee school that summer of 1972 in Ontario, Kerry was scouted by the NHL Officiating Department and invited to attend their training camp a week later. Kerry was assigned to work in the American Hockey League that season as a linesman to gain experience. The following year young Mr. Fraser was signed to an NHL contract as a referee.
Kerry joined the NHL ranks as a full-time referee in the 1980 season and enjoyed a 30 year career directly in the NHL rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest players the game has ever known. Kerry retired at the end of the 2009-2010 season, working his final game of this past regular season between the NY Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, April 11, 2010. The winner of that game determined which of those two teams would secure the final playoff spot and a fitting way in which to end such as illustrious officiating career. The Philadelphia Flyers won in shoot-out fashion and marched to the Stanley Cup Final while losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Kerry, on the other hand retired after the game with a record for most games as a referee in the history of the NHL (1,904 regular season and 261 Stanley Cup Playoff games totaling 2,165 NHL games).
Kerry Fraser was selected to referee in 12 different Stanley Cup Finals (his first in 1985, as the youngest referee ever); the 1996 World Cup of Hockey in both Europe and gold medal round in North America; the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan; 2 NHL All-Star games; and the 2010 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in Boston’s historic Fenway Park. Kerry was overwhelmingly selected as the best referee in the NHL through independent polls of NHL players conducted annually by ESPN and the Toronto Sun, including in his final season. Referee magazine selected Kerry as one of the top 10 officials of the century in any sport and he is arguably the most respected NHL referee every to blow a whistle.
Upon retirement, Kerry wrote a National bestselling book, “The Final Call, Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes” that was release on October 23, 2010 by Fenn Publishing. The Final Call was released in a trade paperback and electronic book by McClelland & Stewart on November 12, 2011.
Kerry Fraser, who brings a wealth of hockey enforcement knowledge from 4 different decades of professional hockey at the NHL level, always considered his most important responsibility as a referee at ice level was to provide for player safety. That philosophy of player safety continues as Fraser was invited to make a presentation in October of 2010 as an expert in the field of hockey officiating at the Mayo Clinic Hockey Summit relative to head hits and concussions that currently plague the game.
No stranger to the camera or microphone, in January of 2011 Kerry Fraser brought his vast NHL officiating experience and candid approach to TSN as an analyst on the show, “That’s Hockey 2Nite.” Through his highly popular “C’mon Ref” segment, Fraser wrote a fan friendly, informative column on tsn.ca during the hockey season. Fraser is also a regular guest analyst on various sports radio shows across North America and the NHL Radio Network on Sirius Satellite Network. Kerry joins former NHL player, Chris “Knuckles” Nilan on his show, ‘Off The Cuff’ with a highly entertaining weekly segment on TSN Radio 690 Montreal.
In addition to his duties as a hockey analyst, Kerry has combined his love for the game of golf along with the unique ability to develop and cement professional relationships throughout his hockey career, to most recently become the Vice President of Business Development of Golf Travel etc., an allacess company.
From this position Fraser can custom design your perfect golf vacation and specializes in helping fulfill bucket list trips to major sporting event for individuals. Allaccess executive solutions and Golf Travel etc. also allows companies a vehicle to maximize its business relationships with their most pivotal clients or potential clients.
In the arena of public speaking, Kerry Fraser takes his audience behind the scenes with stories and life lessons gained throughout his legendary NHL Officiating career. Fraser promises to be hard hitting, educational and always entertaining.