Graeme Roustan: Rene, welcome to The Hockey News.
Rene Fasel: Thank you for the invitation. I’m proud to be here.
GR: A lot of people don’t know that you started as a referee. What’s your background in hockey?
RF: I actually started as a player in Switzerland. At 21, the GM came to me and said, “Rene, that’s not enough.” He wanted to relegate me to another club. I said, “That’s not what I’d like to do, so do you need a referee?” I was a student at the time – I’m a medical dentist – and it was a good opportunity to make some money. Twenty-five Swiss francs per game. It was pocket money for me. I refereed for 10 years, six years in the top league in Switzerland.
GR: So you went from that to the head of the IIHF.
RF: Oh, there was lots in between. In ’81, I was the referee chief because ...
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