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Terry Gregson promoted to NHL's head of officiating

NEW YORK - Terry Gregson is the NHL's new officiating boss.

The league promoted him from senior officiating manager to senior vice-president and director of officiating Tuesday.

He succeeds Stephen Walkom, who is returning to on-ice duty.

Gregson joined the league's front office in 2005 after a 25-year career as a referee.

"I am pleased to have played a part in the positive direction the game has gone since 2005 and am excited at the opportunity to continue," Gregson said in a statement. "The standard has been upheld and will be upheld."

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