Sources tell TSN, Stephen Walkom is leaving his post as the NHL's Director of Officiating with the intention of making a comeback as an NHL referee.If you go back and watch NHL games from before the lockout, it's amazing to see how much obstruction there used to be. There's no doubt that the post-lockout on-ice product is better and much of that is thanks to Walkom.
The 46-year old recently informed the league of his decision after several months of contemplating the move.
Walkom will physically prove he can return and will participate in the NHL officials training camp which opens on Sept 7.
As long as the man below doesn't replace him...
...good luck to Mr. Walkom