He started skating at 15 months, reffed his first game at 15 years and hit the NHL before Reagan hit the Oval Office. Kerry Fraser, the most senior whistle-blower in the game, is the players' fave (26 percent). "He's consistent and listens to guys," says one wing. Not such a fave? Stephane Auger, who received 20 percent of the worst-ref vote. "He's terrible at everything," says one Eastern Conference center. "Nobody likes him."
Pro pucksters give the cold, hard facts on everything from lost teeth to Gary Bettman in ESPN The Magazine's poll of anonymous NHL stars. Question 6: Who is the NHL's top ref?