Terry Gregson has stepped down as the NHL's head of officiating after his retirement was announced yesterday. 

The 59-year-old will now be employed as a officiating consultant to the NHL, and will also be involved with matters such as the league's participation at the Olympics in 2014. 

In a further announcement from the NHL, on-ice referee Stephen Walkom will leave his current role to take over the position of senior vice president and director of officiating with immediate effect. 

Having held the role for four years from 2005, Walkom will not be unfamiliar with his new position. 

Gregson enjoyed a 25-year career as an on-ice official before joining the NHL's front office back in 2005. 

Colin Campbell, senior vice president of the NHL, paid tribute to Gregson in a statement:  

"Terry had the unique ability to expertly manage the 78-man NHL officiating team. 

"His tireless efforts behind the scenes to ensure that NHL officiating was the best it could be on a nightly basis were seldom recognised publicly, but we greatly appreciate his dedication to the game both on and off the ice for the past 33 years."

During his career, Gregson officiated eight Stanley Cup Finals as well as one NHL All-Star game. He also refereed at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. 

He took over as director of officiating in 2009 and he spent four years in charge. 


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