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Clarence Campbell

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The Resume

Why he might be annoying:

    His tenure as a referee had moments of controversy.
    He called Dit Clapper a profane name, which prompted Clapper to knock him to the ice in retaliation.
    He called a minor penalty on a player for giving a high stick, despite the fact Red Horner drew blood.
    His decision angered Conn Smythe enough, that he was banned from officiating another game again.
    He was considered a workaholic, often logging 18 hour days.
    His tenure as NHL president was defined by his decision to suspend Maurice Richard for the remaining three games of the 1954-55 season, as well as the entirety of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    His decision to suspend Richard led to Canadiens fans pelting him with garbage and verbally abusing him when he entered the Montreal Forum, which eventually became the 'Richard Riot' (March 17, 1955).
    He granted Oakland and Kansas City franchises, despite the fact both didn't have a solid ownership nor business plan in place.
    This was evident as the Kansas City Scouts moved to Denver two years after their inception.
    He nixed a proposed sale and relocation of the California Golden Seals three years after their inception, due to the fact he didn't want to lose the American TV rights deal.
    He was charged with bribery after he was caught for his role in the Sky Shops scandal (1976).
    Although he was charged, the NHL paid his fine and he served no time due to his age.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
    He served in the Canadian Armed Forces in World War II, working his way up to Lieutenant Colonel.
    In one of his first acts as NHL president, he issued indefinite suspensions to players Billy Taylor and Don Gallinger for betting on their own games (1948).
    He justified his decision to suspend Maurice Richard, due to Richard's actions in a previous game, which led to his decision to lay out a harsh punishment.
    He was credited with expanding the NHL from six teams to 18 teams during his presidency.
    He oversaw the 1967 expansion that saw teams established in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco Bay and St. Louis.
    He oversaw three expansions between 1970 and 1974 that saw teams established in Atlanta, Buffalo, Kansas City, Long Island, Vancouver and Washington, D.C..
    As a token of gratitude for his contributions for growing the NHL from six to eighteen teams, the league named both a conference and a playoff trophy in his honor.
    He was considered one of the founding fathers of the modern day NHL.

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