Mark Madden

Mark Madden

The Super Genius of Pittsburgh Sports.Full Bio



Mario Lemieux wasn’t noted for feuding with individuals during his illustrious NHL career.

But there were certainly those he disliked.

His biggest nemesis wore a striped shirt, not an opposing sweater.

Kerry Fraser officiated in the NHL from 1973-2010 and was a self-important jackass every second of that time. Fraser would lecture Mario, telling him he needed to act more like a leader. Fraser later did the same with Sidney Crosby.

Hey, haircut: Just make calls and blow the whistle, OK?

Fraser was tagged a “superstar referee,” but there’s no such thing. Imagine some zebra telling the game’s best players how they should behave. Wow.

The rancor between Lemieux and Fraser reached a crescendo on April 5, 1994 during a game between the Penguins and visiting Tampa Bay.

Fraser whistled Lemieux for high-sticking, words were exchanged, more penalties were assessed, and Mario came charging out of the penalty box at Fraser. Lemieux was ultimately ejected.

That night’s customers were deprived of seeing a full game’s worth of Mario Lemieux. Not one of them had paid to see Kerry Fraser.

Fraser wrote an autobiography. The cover tags him a "legend in stripes" (gag). Don't read it.

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