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Video- Refs Mic’d Up During The Conference Finals

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Videos- Bloopers From The Past Week Plus Refs Wearing A Microphone

Bloopers first, mic'd up refs below.


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Too Many Penalties

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Like other players in the NHL's "bubble," Ryan Hartman of the Minnesota Wild watched a lot of postseason hockey during the first few days of the restarted 2019-20 season. He couldn't help but notice an obvious trend during his viewing binge.

"A lot -- a lot -- of penalties were being called," he said. "There wasn't much getting by."

That wasn't just perception. Through the first two days of the Stanley Cup postseason, featuring both round-robin and qualification-round games, teams averaged 13:00 penalty minutes. That's higher than the average for the first round of the playoffs in 2019 (10:05), 2018 (11:18) and 2017 (8:28). Through Monday's games, that average dropped to 12:26 per team. But that was still a higher average than the NHL had seen in the first two games in each of the past three opening rounds.

Tune in to some of these games, and there's a good chance you would have been watching someone with the man advantage. The Carolina Hurricanes' first game against the New York Rangers had 14 power plays. The Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames, as well as the Nashville Predators and the Arizona Coyotes, had a total of 11 power plays in Game 1.


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Under The Same Bubble

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

With players, officials, coaches and general managers all living in the same bubble, the referee who made the game-deciding call could well end up in a Starbucks lineup with a group of players from the affected team. A linesman who whistled down a play for an offside will come upon that team’s head coach and GM walking to breakfast, still griping about the call he made.

“We do see a lot of players. There are 12 teams,” said linesman Jonny Murray, who we spoke with over the phone from inside the bubble earlier this week. “We see coaches. We see general managers. I have no issue talking with them — I’ve been in the league for 20 years. I’ll chat with those guys. I’ve had some good and bad conversations with anyone who has been in the league a long time. There is respect.

So far, so good, he said on Tuesday.

“Now, we’re starting on Saturday,” he cautioned. “Today everyone is loose and happy. I don’t know how it will be when a team is down two games to nothing.”

Spend some time around NHL officials and you’ll hear their mantra: “Fifty per cent of the people are going to disagree with every call you make.”


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On-Ice Officials In Training Too

from Scouting The Refs,

NHL Referees and Linesmen reported for duty earlier this week, with 20 officials arriving at each of the hub cities on Tuesday.

Though there’s no formal training camp for officials, the league is taking advantage of the dual-centralization to pull together the stripes in each city.

“Normally they don’t get together in the playoffs other than with the people they work with,” said NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, during a league update on Friday afternoon. “It’s a bit of a luxury that we have 20 officials in each hub city. From a team perspective, that’s a little different for them.”...

The officials – and players – may also have to get used to a new whistle. While the NHL is not moving to electronic whistles, they are going pea-less.

“We will be trying the Fox40 pea-less whistle,” Walkom advised, adding that the officials will be using them during today’s on-ice skate. “It has the right trill for the players and takes a lot less force to use.”


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Video- No Fans In The Stands, Will The Refs Call The Game Differently?

via TSN's YouTube page,

On the latest TSN In Depth, Rick Westhead chats with former NHL referee Dean Warren and the author of 'Scorecasting' Tobias Moskowitz about how playing in empty arenas will affect the way in which referees officiate games and how home-field advantage can influence close calls.


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Former Linesman Pat Dapuzzo Still In The Game

from Kreistina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Dapuzzo’s days as an NHL linesman are now more than a decade behind him. His career came to an abrupt and horrific end on a Saturday night in Philadelphia in 2008, when he suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in NHL history. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at him today: His brown hair hides a road map of scars, and feats of remarkable plastic surgery have reassembled parts of his face. In the booth, Dapuzzo brings a butter knife up to his forehead to point out the inch-long crevasse that appears between his eyebrows when he furrows his brow. The scar is the same width as a skate blade. It’s the only visible indicator of the moment that changed his life.

Dapuzzo hasn’t skated since he was guided off the ice 12 years ago. He says he’ll never skate again. But his is not a story defined by suffering or resentment, even if hockey did make him wonder whether he’d ever be happy again. This affable father of three has reinvented and rediscovered himself, and he’s enjoying yet another act in the game he fell in love with as a teenager.

To count the number of hockey careers the 61-year-old has influenced along the way is impossible. Boston Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy’s is one, and he says Dapuzzo “gave me a chance to follow my dream.” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has been a friend of Dapuzzo’s for more than 20 years. “To see what he’s overcome, what he’s accomplished and what he’s doing today, I couldn’t be more proud,” Daly says. Dapuzzo is no longer sharing the ice with the greats and he may be as far from hockey’s spotlight as ever, but the man friends call “Dap” is in the midst of his most important and selfless work in the game yet. “He’s put his whole life into it,” McAvoy says.

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Afternoon Line- Don Koharski

“Our officials will be ready to go.  They train at home".

“We’ve been doing a fun thing on Mondays and Tuesdays with our guys through video and our guys are getting rules quizzes, they’re getting videos. We’re working a lot on their fundamentals and mechanics.  [They’re] helping [NHL Director of Officiating] Stephen Walkom and his staff – us, our team – build a library of things that we can have [to refer to] for when we do go back.”

-NHL Officiating Manager Don Koharski. Scouting The Refs has more from Koharski.

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A Look At Retiring NHL Linesman Scott Driscoll

from Mark Masters of TSN,

Scott Driscoll hopes his distinguished 28-year career as a National Hockey League linesman isn't over just yet.

His farewell season was set up so that he'd finish with 1,850 regular-season games. When the league hit pause on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Driscoll still had three to go.

Driscoll's last outing was in Toronto on March 10, when the native of tiny Seaforth, Ont. was honoured with a video tribute in the first period and received congratulatory handshakes from Leafs players after their win.

"That was really cool and surreal and right now that's holding up as maybe my last game ever," Driscoll said.

It was a nice send-off, but not the career capper Driscoll had envisioned. That would've been at Madison Square Garden on March 18.

"My favourite building in the league is New York. I just love the city and I had 82 people coming to that game. I'm hopeful that I have at least one more to go."

Driscoll spoke to TSN by phone to go through some of his career highlights.


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A Matter Of Time For Female On-Ice Officials In the NHL

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke, a couple of Massachusetts women with their hockey dreams still evolving, both were on the job Friday night, partnering as referees in the 3-on-3 elite women’s tournament that was newly incorporated into the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in St. Louis.

Guay, 37, and Cooke, 29, also wore the league’s shield in September when they were among the first four women ever chosen to officiate at NHL rookie camps. It was a significant step for all of the women, and especially progressive for a league that has yet to follow the lead of the NBA and NFL in handing women a whistle and making them true in-game stakeholders in their sport.

“I think they’re definitely looking for the right person to break that barrier,” said Cooke, who grew up in Andover and recently became a corporate attorney in Boston. “There’s people out there who are coming up and one could be the right person.”

Perhaps that woman is Guay, who Cooke considers a friend and mentor. Paul Stewart thinks Guay is the most obvious current candidate. Stewart, 66, was an NHL referee for more than 20 years, and later hired Guay and Cooke to officiate men’s Division 1 games during his years assigning ECAC officials....

Stephen Walkom, director of NHL officiating, told nhl.com last fall that women working NHL games “is definitely a possibility.”

According to Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, Walkom’s efforts to make the officiating combine “as inclusive as possible” will pay dividends, making it likely that women will be included in the NHL’s officiating ranks.

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