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Determination, and a little fate, lead O'Halloran to hockey's grand stage

Updated: May 31, 2008, 6:03 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Dan O'Halloran isn't given to superstition. Yet the NHL referee wears the No. 13 on his jersey as a nod to the way fate intercedes in all our lives, marking the path between misfortune and happiness, success and failure, life and death.

During the playoffs, we often talk about the sacrifices players make to reach the Stanley Cup finals, and how getting here requires commitment and good fortune. NHL officials are no different: This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins ...

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