Steve Corlyon has been a fixture on the lines at Ontario Hockey League rinks since 1984 and after 32 seasons retires as the league’s longest serving official.
The 54-year-old linesman skated his final OHL game Saturday afternoon in Ottawa near his hometown of Metcalfe, ON, as the 67’s battled the North Bay Battalion.
Prior to puck drop Corlyon was recognized at centre ice alongside wife Shelly and son Brett where he was presented with the league’s prestigious Milestone Award by OHL Director of Administration Herb Morell and Officiating Manager Ken Miller.
“Steve’s dedication to the League has always been a top priority whether that was in his pre-season preparation, always being in top shape ready to compete, on the ice striving to make the correct call and always being supportive of all members of Team 21,” said OHL Director of Officiating Conrad Hache. “Steve’s on ice mentoring of many referees and linesmen will certainly be missed.”
Corlyon was the 2014-15 recipient of “The Bodie” Character Award for Officials presented annually to the OHL official who demonstrates a passion and dedication to officiating and the game of hockey, who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, professionalism, and is respected by OHL member teams, players, and fellow officials. During his career Corlyon worked close to 750 games between regular season and playoff assignments.
“I want to take this final opportunity to thank all OHL staff, in particular, Mr Branch, Ted Baker, Conrad Hache, Herb Morell for giving me the opportunity to work in, undoubtedly, the best Junior Hockey League in the world for so many years,” Corlyon said. “Special thank you to training staff helping me battle through injuries, keeping my tired, determined, stubborn aging body going. A very special thanks to my family and close friends, who many are sharing my last game today, for supporting my great adventure, your support is very much appreciated.”
The Battalion edged the 67’s 2-1 in Sunday’s game and as players and staff exited the ice, one-by-one, members of both teams showed their respect for the longtime official shaking hands and offering well wishes.
Congratulations to Steve Corlyon on a tremendous officiating career!