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NHL Ref Garrett Rank On His Way To The US Open

from USOpen.com,

Garrett Rank, 30, is a National Hockey League referee who happens to be pretty good at golf. The native of Elmira, Ontario, is a three-time winner of the Canadian Mid-Amateur title who also reached the final of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, losing to Nathan Smith. A former hockey player, Rank overcame testicular cancer at age 22, and he worked several seasons as an American Hockey League official before joining the NHL staff in 2016. Rank, who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open by shooting rounds of 71-71 in sectional qualifying on June 4 at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., is sharing his experience this week with usopen.com.

As I walked off the 18th green at Shinnecock Hills after my first practice round on Monday I was in a bit of a rush, because I was scheduled to attend the Amateur Dinner that evening. I wasn’t really paying attention, and as I started toward the clubhouse, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were coming off the 14th tee, and we crossed paths.

Just to see the fans following Tiger on a Monday for a practice round, all the cheers and encouragement from the crowd, was something you can’t experience until you’re there in person and see it firsthand. It was surreal to be inside the ropes and playing in the same competition as Tiger, a guy I watched for a long time on TV and grew up idolizing. I stopped and thought, whoa, this is a pretty cool moment.


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Video- Missed Call Against The Capitals Benefits The Lightning

A lot of talk on Twitter, many want this kind of call reviewable.

Your thoughts?



added 10:46pm, Below, watch the Sportsnet crew discuss this topic.

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Morning Line- Kevin Allen

Maybe the Wilson situation is another reminder that it is time to remove the gray area from head shots. Maybe it’s to change the rule to read that if a player makes contact with the head, intended or not, it is a minor penalty. If the referee deems it intentional or reckless, it is a major penalty and a game misconduct. That would reduce the number of head shots.

No gray area. Just like we do with stick fouls. You are responsible for your stick. If it cuts someone, you are in the penalty box. Under a zero-tolerance head shot rule, you would be responsible for making sure you don’t make contact with the head. 

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where you can read more on head hits and the Tom Wilson suspension.

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Video- DoPS Explains Unavoidable Head Contact

via NHL.com,

The Department of Player Safety examines and explains "unavoidable head contact" under Rule 48.


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Video- The Story Of NHL Linesman Shandor Alphonso

via Sportsnet's YouTube page (and the related story at Sportsnet),

Hitting the ice for an Original Six matchup on Hockey Night in Canada has been a lifelong dream for Shandor Alphonso. The original dream was to do so as player. But on this night, it's playing out as an NHL official.


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Video- Dislocated Knee Cap For Linesman Steve Barton


Video below, no audio at least for me.

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Video- Enjoy Your Retirement Dave Jackson

via the Los Angeles Kings,

The Coyotes and Kings honor referee Dave Jackson on his 1,629th game following the Los Angeles' 4-2 victory at Staples Center.


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Video- Linesman Steve Barton Stretchered Off After Collision With McDavid

Side of his head hits the ice.


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Video- No Goal Pittsburgh, Offside

Skate off the blue line.




added 3:43pm 3/12/18, The Hockey Central at Noon guys discussed interference today, watch below...

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Doubtful Goalie Interference Will Be ‘Fixed’ For The Playoffs

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Maill,

It is only in rare circumstances that rules suggestions to come out of the annual GMs meetings, which run from March 19 to 21 in Boca Raton, Fla., are rushed into law during the current season. Any suggested rule changes usually are sent in early June to the league's NHLPA/NHL competition committee, which is made up of players, GMs and a few coaches who are non-voting members. The committee recommends which ones should be adopted.

Then both the NHL's board of governors and the executive board of the NHL Players' Association have to officially approve the changes, which they usually do. But that is not until late June, which means the changes go into effect the following season.

However, the referees' apparent inability to decide on a consistent standard for goaltender interference, and the coaches' limited ability to challenge the call on the ice, has the NHL in an uproar. The incidents are happening so often now that coaches and players outraged by a call in one game are often the beneficiaries of a call in the next.

read on

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