Medo Martinello
Sport: Lacrosse
Date of Birth 1935-12-06
Date of Induction 2001-10-13
Medo Martinello was born in Windsor, Ontario, December 6, 1935.

He attended Immaculate Conception school (Gr.1-5), at DeLaSalle (Gr.6-8) he played on city champions softball and basketball teams, and was a member of the Separate Schools All-Star hockey team in the annual Safety Patrol game vs Public Schools. At Assumption in Gr.10, he played on a WSSA & WOSSA championship hockey team, winners over London Beal Tech (2-0, 8-3) and Owen Sound C.V.I. (5-2), for WOSSA honors.
Medo moved over to W. D. Lowe to complete his high school studies; during his two years there, the Trojans lost in the WSSA hockey finals to Assumption.

- Played Jr. B hockey for Blenheim in 53-54, Detroit Teamsters Srs. American Amateur Champions in 1959 - Enjoyed a lengthy Lacrosse career, starting at age 12, playing with 2-time City Champions Radio Electric, Joe's Cement in Jr. B, Leamington Clippers Ontario Sr. B Champs in 1961, and back-to-back Canadian Sr. B Championships in 1970 and 1971, with Windsor Clippers and Windsor Warlocks respectively. In 1968 he played in the National Professional Lacrosse League with Detroit Olympics, losers to New Westminister in the finals.

From 1956-58 he played softball (outfielder) for Duplate Glass, Manufacturers League Champions those three years, with the 1957 team also being acclaimed O.A.S.A. Intermediate "A " Champions. In 1955 his St. Annes' team was an O.A.S.A. Jr. A finalist.

He began his hockey referee career in 1953, in the outdoor Parks & Rec. League at Optimist and Lanspeary Parks. An unfortunate turn of events gave his career a shot of adrenalin in 1955, at age 20, while attending a Senior Houseleague game at Windsor Arena. Referee Merle Evon got hurt and could not continue, and a volunteer from the crowd was asked to officiate and Medo consented. Several people complimented him on his fine work and encouraged him to get more involved. A few weeks later, Medo received a letter to attend an OHA Referee Camp in Chatham. He did and he impressed the Camp Conductors so much, they offered him a contract to Referee Jr. B & C games, and work the lines for Sr. games. After a year or two he was also refereeing Jr. A. In 1959 Medo received a phone call from Scotty Morrison, Referee in Chief of the NHL, inviting him to attend an NHL Training Camp. At the conclusion of the camp Medo was offered $4900 to be a Minor League Referee, he declined as he was just getting started in his trade as a plumber, and he felt more secure doing Jr. & Sr. games.

- 1953 - 55 - Hockey Referee - Windsor Minor Hockey - 1956 - 60 - Hockey Referee - Jr."B" & "C", Linewman - Sr."A" - 1960's - Lacrosse Referee - Jr. & Sr. for several years - 1960 - 71 - Hockey Referee - International League (professional), and Jr. "A", "B", "C" - 1970 - 89 - Hockey Referee - NCAA Division 1 - College Hockey - 1972 - FIRST CANADIAN to Referee NCAA Final - Boston Gardens, Boston U. vs Denver U. - as of December 1998, still first Canadian to do so.

- 1953 - Coach - Windsor Minor Lacrosse - Pee Wee Champions - 1965 - Coach - Windsor Minor Hockey Pee Wee Travel Team - Ontario Finalist - 1969 - Coach - Windsor Minor Football - Windsor Police - Pee Wee Champions - 1972 - Coach - Windsor Warlocks - Jr. "C" Lacrosse - Ontario & Eastern Canadian Champions - 1973 - Coach - Windsor AKO - Jr. "C" Lacrosse - Ontario & Eastern Canadian Champions - 1975 - Coach - Quebec City - National Professional Lacrosse League Champions - Coach of the Year Every year of his 19 year NCAA career he Refereed in NCAA "Final Four" Championship Tournament, including 12 times - Referee for NCAA Championships Final Game.

The NCAA first employed the 2-Referee system, in the early 1970's (NHL did so in 1999), and Medo was instrumental in that decision, as the NCAA wanted his perspective on such a format, was it doable? Many times Medo's input was requested at NCAA Coaches Meetings, he conducted many clinics and seminars in Boston, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

- #1 ranked NCAA Referee for 15 years - Referee - International Hockey - Windsor Bulldogs vs Russia - Windsor Bulldogs vs Czechoslovakia - Linesman - International Hockey - Russia vs Muskegon - Czechoslovakia vs Fort Wayne
At OFSAA All-Ontario playoffs in Sudbury, they won Bronze Medal with a 5-1 win over Kingston C.I., whose lineup included Don Cherry, Hockey Night in Canada celebrity. In 1992 Medo Martinello was a recipient of the Canadian Government 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal "for outstanding Achievements on behalf of Canada".

1976 - Coach - Windsor Warlocks - Jr. "B" Lacrosse - Ontario Silver Medal - 1980 - Coach - Ontario Summer Games - Southwest Lacrosse Team - Gold Medal - 1981 - Coach - Canada Games - Team Ontario Lacrosse Team - Bronze Medal 1976 - Coach - Windsor Warlocks - Jr. "B" Lacrosse - Ontario Silver Medal - 1980 - Coach - Ontario Summer Games - Southwest Lacrosse Team - Gold Medal - 1981 - Coach - Canada Games - Team Ontario Lacrosse Team - Bronze Medal
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