NHL ref qualifies for US Open tourney
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Garrett Rank is trading skates for spikes on a stage far larger than anything he has experienced.
No one plays Shinnecock Hills on ice.
This week is not about blue lines and high-sticking. It’s about green fairways and lag putting.
Rank’s day job ended two months ago when he finished working the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That left Rank, an NHL referee for the last three years, enough time to qualify for his first U.S. Open.
“The reaction from the hockey community has been huge,” Rank said Monday. “I think every official on our staff sent me a text and congratulated me and said they’d be following along and are really proud of me. I even had a few phone calls asking if it was me, like if that was the same Garrett Rank.”