Kerry Fraser is an analyst for the NHL on TSN and That’s Hockey 2Nite on TSN2.
Kerry continues his involvement in the NHL community by participating in a TSN.ca blog named “C’Mon Ref!” where he applies his NHL referee experience to controversial calls in current NHL games. Fraser’s father, Hilton “Hilt” Fraser, had him skating at 15 months old, chasing pucks at 11, and refereeing by age 15. At just 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall, Fraser says that his height contributed to his longevity in the league by forcing him to “develop techniques to … avoid being hit” Fraser currently holds the record for most NHL regular season and playoff games refereed.
Fraser also officiated the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, which was the first Olympic tournament to feature NHL participation. From the 1994-95 season until his retirement, he wore uniform number 2.
He was also one of the last three NHL officials covered by the grandfather clause that allowed him to go without a helmet, thus allowing his signature bouffant hairstyle. However, with the ratification of the new NHL Officials Association collective bargaining agreement on March 21, 2006, all officials, including Fraser, were required to wear a helmet.
Fraser missed the beginning of the 2006–07 season while recovering from an incident in September 2006. He was helping his daughter move and was carrying a television down the steps when he lost his footing; his big toe was shattered. Before returning to referee NHL games, Fraser officiated some AHL games alongside his son, Ryan Fraser. In November 2006, TSN’s James Duthie, along with Kerry Fraser, created a short mock interview/documentary claiming that Fraser missed the start of the season because he was afraid that wearing a helmet would mess up his hair. Fraser’s first game back with the NHL was Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins on November 30, 2006.
Fraser retired from officiating after the NHL 2009–10 season working his last game on April 11, 2010, in Philadelphia as the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the New York Rangers at the Wachovia Center, which is the closest NHL arena to his residence in New Jersey. Also during the season he worked a number of important games as the league’s most senior referee including the Winter Classic