Now, right off the bat, you always hear about kids that want to grow up to be hockey players, but no one ever talks about the kids that want to grow up to be NHL referees.
Recently, a Reddit user by the handle Jowilant posted a note on r/hockey saying:
“My son, who’s in 3rd grade, wants to be an NHL referee when he grows up. He emailed the NHL ref association to ask some questions. They connected him with Tom Chmielewski, a current NHL ref. Tom responded with nice email, and this care package! How awesome is this?!! Greatest game on Earth! “
Tom’s the gorgeous, leggy redhead in the middle there.