Red Storey

A multi-sport star who contributed of the truly great performances in Canadian football history, Red Storey actually became better known for his career as a NHL referee. Born Roy Alvin Storey in Allandale, Ontario in March 1918 and a star athlete at Barrie Collegiate Institute, Red moved directly from a job with the railway during the Depression  to  the Toronto Argonauts, playing six seasons from 1936 to 1941.

During this same period, and extending until 1946 he was also a star player in lacrosse, and a s baseball player drew interest from the major league Philadelphia Athletics. He also played professional  hockey in New Jersey and senior hockey in Montreal.
A serious knee injury at the end of the 1941 season ended his football and pro hockey careers prematurely  at the tender age of 23. However by then he had made his mark by being on two Grey Cup winners in Toronto, and just about single-handedly winning the 1938 contest. In that game against Winnipeg he scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. In 1939 he averaged two touchdowns a game, and was offered a contract by the NFL Chicago Bears, which he turned down. Storey did briefly return to play football in 1943 for the Verdun Grads of the QRFU.

After the injury, Red turned to officiating, first in lacrosse (his first love), then football (1942-1957) including the CFL and hockey. By 1949 he was an NHL referee which he did until he famously resigned in 1959 during the playoffs due to a comment by then NHL commissioned Clarence Campbell.

Red Storey's NHL career consisted of 480 regular season games and seven consecutive Stanley Cup Finals from 1952 through 1958. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967, and that was followed by being honoured by Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1992.
A popular personality, Storey refereed oldtimers' games and was a popular after-dinner speaker and was a regular on many sports radio and television shows until shortly before his death at the age of 88 on March 15, 2006.

Bio by Wes Cross

Red Storey in Wikipedia

Red Storey in the Hockey Hall of Fame

Red Storey in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Storey Returns to Football With Verdun - September 8, 1943

Storey Quits, Calls Ice Loop 3-Ring Circus - September 8, 1959

Storey a Man of Talents and Tales


Year Team GP PTS
1936 TOR
1937 TOR
1938 TOR
1939 TOR
1940 TOR
1941 TOR
1943 VERD

Other than scoring, no individual stats were kept in the East until 1954.