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Van Hellemond will remain as consultant

Updated: July 10, 2004, 7:56 PM ET
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TORONTO -- Andy Van Hellemond resigned Friday as the NHL's director of officiating.

Van Hellemond, appointed to the role in 2000, will remain with the league's hockey operations department as a consultant.

"I certainly enjoyed my four years as director of officiating, and I am proud of what we were able to accomplish over that time," said Van Hellemond, who officiated 1,475 regular-season games and 227 playoff games from 1972-96. "My time [there] was very demanding but very rewarding."

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