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Serenity by the sea

I have always found that traveling or walking beside the sea has given me peace and serenity.  Now in my life that I have so many challenges and so many exciting new opportunities, I have found returning to the sea to be stimulating, therapeutic and inspiring.

As I raise my teenager, play in a live band and record studio songs, pursue a new aspect of my job, continue as a professional sports official, publish a current book and begin writing a new one, write a new song and travel the world again, I find the sea is my constant companion and muse.


Words and photos, copyright 2016 by Edward J. Edwards


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Since I became a professional referee 6 years ago, I still enjoy officiating NHL prospects.

Since I became a professional referee 6 years ago for the National Hockey League, I still enjoy officiating NHL prospects in the Western Hockey League every year.  It is so much fun skating with these young players who are so strong, tall and fast.  Their skill is impressive and I enjoy the verbal sparring and the one-liner jokes that we share with each other.

Besides officiating other professional sports such as the National Lacrosse League and the Professional Golfers Association, I do enjoy officiating the NHL the best.  I am just thankful for the Seattle Thunderbirds organization for giving me the continual opportunity and I am thankful that I can keep up with these skaters on the ice year after year.


That’s me, holding back that giant!

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Humming Birds and Thunder Storms…we live for these rare and little things, these magical moments.

We live our lives and participate in such great historical events and even find ourselves, well, at least I do, on television and in the paper as a professional official.  And in so doing, I am constantly in the limelight, working a high pressure position and maintaining a high profile career.  And I love my position and I love the pressure and attention, as I work better under pressure and enjoy performing in front of crowds, even live, international crowds.

But there are also little things in my life that I love and that I live for:  These little things, these rare occurrences, these magical moments, including the thunder and lightning storm that happened the other house where I live in Seattle.  It was an amazing spectacle, a display of awesome power and the beauty of nature.  And later that week, as I sat outside on my deck enjoying the summer sun, a humming bird came by to enjoy the giant daisies in my garden.  These little moments, as well as the big moments, I both love and live for and relish.

tillamook light house

Words and photo copyright 2015 by Eddie Edwards.

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I am entering my 12th year as a professional official.

I have found as I continue to work with professional athletes as a professional official in multiple professional sports, that one thing remains constant:  Professionals will always end up in the same place at the same time and will be drawn to each other.

I also have many professional athletes as clients as well in my other business and we immediately recognize each other, not from tv or the internet, but in the way we act, carry ourselves and treat others.  It is a constant lifestyle of pursuing perfection.

very close up

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Brett Favre and I have three things in common:

1. We both participate in professional sports.

2. We both coach high school sports.

3. We both are IRONMEN:

Eddie Edwards – 5,017 consecutive games as a hockey official, still active (NHL, WHL, NCAA, Olympics)
Cal Ripken, Jr. – 2,632 consecutive games as a baseball player, retired (MLB)
Dick Bavetta – 2,392 consecutive games as a basketball official, retired (NBA)
Kerry Fraser – 2,160 games (missed many due to injury) as a hockey official, retired (NHL, Juniors, Olympics)
A.C. Green, Jr. – 1,192 consecutive games as a basketball player, retired (NBA)
Doug Jarvis – 964 consecutive games as a hockey player, retired (NHL)
Jeff Feagles – 352 consecutive games as a football player, still active (NFL)
Brett Favre – 297 consecutive games as a football player, retired (NFL)
Big fight

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