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Ice hockey loses one of its greats

PUBLISHED: 14:44 05 August 2011

Dave Tottman talks to current Raider Jason Buckman, during his days with Chelmsford

Dave Tottman talks to current Raider Jason Buckman, during his days with Chelmsford

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Power to the People: Tottman will be missed by many

Dave Tottman was a good ice hockey referee and a good man.

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of his sudden death from his daughter Joy this week and I was not alone.

Tottman was as fair as they come and news of his passing led to a flood of tributes from players, supporters and fellow officials from all corners of the UK.

Dave loved his sport and would gladly chat about hockey for hours. We did on many occasions.

He could just as easily be found taking charge of an under-10s match or late-night rec game as he could be seen working a fast-tempo senior men’s game in the English Leagues.

He treated the players with respect and got it back. Dave knew if he had made a mistake or had a bad game himself and would admit it and hockey people in Romford and further afield loved him for that honesty.

Joy’s own love of officiating grew from an early age. Dave had her working the line in junior matches, developing her own understanding of the game.

That Joy should go on to reach the pinnacle of the women’s game and referee at the Winter Olympics in Turin and Vancouver was fitting reward for a proud dad, who was always on hand to advise and criticise, if needed.

This week’s tributes to Dave were richly deserved also, but one wishes we hadn’t had to make them.

You will be missed Dave, but will live long in the memories of many.


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