3 Stars


Week 25
June 23, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 25


  1. Joe West MLB Baseball Umpire
  2. Kevin Collins NHL Hockey Linesman
  3. Referee DNA

These are the 3 Stars selected for Week 25 in 2017. Maybe you agree and maybe you don’t, but read on below to find out why they were chosen. They were selected from posts that were added somewhere on the Officials101 website in the last 7 days. Stay tuned next week to find out who are the most notable referees, umpires and sports officials in the world today.


3rd Star


This was a great post made by Key Match Incident on Twitter this week. It sums up some of the key qualities that make up the character, or DNA, of Referees and Umpires. If you are respectful, coachable, fit, compassionate, reliable, consistent, confident, and a whole lot more, you are wanted by sports associations around the world. The Referee DNA post gets 3rd Star for the week.



2nd Star


Kevin Collins had a long and incredible career as an NHL Linesman. 28 years on the NHL ice, from 1977 to 2005, included trips to Stanley Cups, World Cups, All Star Games and Olympic Games. This week it was announced that Collins would be joining former NHL Referee, Bill Chadwick, in the US Hockey Hall of Fame. Scouting the Refs wrote another stellar article for us all about his career and the honour. Kevin Collins is 2nd Star this week.



1st Star


Joe West is one of the most interesting characters in the world of sports officials. An MLB umpire, movie star, country singer, union boss and great story teller. One thing I notice about Joe West encounters posted by random people who attend baseball umpire schools and conferences, they all love the guy. This week West was home plate umpire for his 5,000th MLB Baseball game. An incredible feat, not likely to ever be achieved again, Joe is on his way to surpass the most prolific umpire of all time, Bill Klem, who umpired in 5,375 games. If his knees hold out, Joe should be able to pass Klem in the 2020 season. Not much doubt about this one – Joe West, MLB Baseball Umpire, is 1st Star for Week 25.






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3 Stars Archives This weekly feature began on January 22, 2016. We began writing about it in the blog in January 2017.


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