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Video- Take 5 1/2 Minutes To Review The Rule Changes For This Season

You'll impress your friends and family knowing all the rule changes.


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Women Officials Will Work The Prospect Tournaments

from NHL.com,

Four women officials will experience NHL action for the first time this weekend.

Referees Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke and linesmen Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley, four of the 96 officials who participated in the 2019 NHL Exposure Combine, have been selected to officiate rookie tournaments in Irvine, California; Buffalo; Nashville and Traverse City, Michigan. A total of 30 officials from the combine were selected to work the rookie tournaments.

The Exposure Combine, held in Buffalo during the last weekend in August, can best be described as a scouting combine for prospective officials. It is also a crucial stepping stone in the journey for many officials landing a job in professional hockey whether it be at the American Hockey League or ECHL level or in North American junior hockey leagues.


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All Shandor Alphonso, NHL Linesman

from William Douglas of NHL.com,

Hockey players are pretty banged up by season's end. How banged up or worn out were you and other officials at the end of the season?

"Everyone's got their bumps and bruises they work through all season. At the end of the season you're a little bit banged up and definitely just tired from all the travel, from everything. I took a full week off where I didn't train, I didn't skate, I didn't do anything. Took a full week of just letting my body heal and relax, and after that I got back into the gym. It's not as intense as the players, because we're not constantly being body-checked and constantly going through the pace of practice. But we get beat up, and a lot of guys go through bumps and bruises just like the players."

How long were you off skates this summer?

"Not very long. I play in a men's hockey league. We started in early April. I maybe took a week off from the gym and I think I probably played that week I was supposed to be healing. I still enjoy playing and I miss it in the winter, so once the summer comes and my summer league starts up, I'm excited to get on the ice, play some hockey and yell at the refs just for fun."

more Q & A...

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A Look At Some Of The NHL Rule Changes Approved On Thursday

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So one of the changes announced on Thursday was just that: from now on, referees will be “required to perform an on-ice video review for all major (non-fighting) and match penalties. The official can downgrade his call to a minor, of video evidence shows the referee that he perhaps overreacted to the call.

That seems fair, doesn’t it? And it does not require a challenge from one of the coaches, something Bettman would rather cull from the game.

Challenges, as we have learned, become an act of desperation late in a one-goal game. Coaches have nothing to lose, and the game is slowed down because of it.

On Thursday the GMs eliminated the number of challenges a coach can make, but they will now come with escalating consequences if the challenge is unsuccessful. The first unsuccessful challenge of any type results in a minor penalty against the challenging team (no more losing their timeout). Each successive unsuccessful challenge will result in a double-minor.

As such, the GMs made the goalie interference challenge just like offside. Where it used to be that a failed goaltender interference call cost a team their timeout, now it will mean a two-minute minor that is assessed immediately after the goal in question.


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Your NHL Rule Changes For Next Season

VANCOUVER (June 20, 2019) — The National Hockey League announced today a series of rule changes for the 2019-20 season which will include the use of expanded video review and enhanced player safety initiatives, as well as promoting even more offense and flow in the game. 

The rule changes were unanimously approved by the League’s Board of Governors, NHL General Managers and the Competition Committee over the past week. NHL Hockey Operations will work on the precise Rule Book language over the coming weeks.  Following is an overview of the changes:

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Gary Bettman On Rule Changes And Video Review

Gary Bettmn talking with the media on rule changes and video review.

I am sure  press release will come out, but until it does...  Also checkout Friedman's recent timeline for more.


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Jeremy Jacobs Met With The Media Today

from Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald,

The quality of the officiating in the NHL playoffs is a subject matter with staying power in the offseason.

“I think we’re professional sports and I think we suffer with what all professional sports are trying to get done,” Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who serves on the NHL Board of Governors, said Tuesday at a Garden press conference.

“We are trying to be perfect without interfering with the game. We try and make all the correct judgments and it’s clear we are not there yet. That’s pretty vague but I’m going to stay that way.”

The Bruins were the victims of several dubious calls over the course of four series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues.

Jacobs addressed the delicate balance of maintaining the integrity of play on the ice without saturating the game with endless video reviews that take away from fan enjoyment.

“I think we will see some real changes and I’m hopeful that we can do it better in a very quick way,” said Jeremy Jacobs. “It is important that this game not be interrupted but at what cost.”


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The Playoff Officiating Is A Mess

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no excuse for the NHL’s dereliction of duty in overseeing and supervising the playoffs. The parade of scandalous errors made by on-ice officials has tainted the tournament. And the absence of accountability emanating from both Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, USA, and Bay Street in Raptorsville, Canada, has been unconscionable.

After a season in which skill was celebrated across the continent and the speed of the game dazzled, the NHL has intentionally turned the playoffs into something else entirely.

Make no mistake, the Blues and Bruins have earned their way to the Final — even if St. Louis advanced thanks to an overtime goal in Game 3 against San Jose that everyone in the world knew was illegal the moment the puck crossed the goal line (everyone in the world, that is, except for the only four people on the planet whose opinion counted). And no, Tampa Bay, proven mentally weak, did not lose because of officiating.

But this is crazy. I don’t care what anyone in authority says. The officials are routinely refusing to enforce any type of standard.


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Officiating Is A Problem

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

It is the National Hockey League’s nightmare scenario.

In the Stanley Cup Final, the high time of this multibillion-dollar sport, ardent supporters and casual hockey fans aren’t raving about the feats of Brad Marchand and Ryan O’Reilly, of Zdeno Chara and Alex Pietrangelo, of Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington.

They’re rehashing the failures of the men in stripes.

Those unfamiliar with the sport are asking about Kelly Sutherland, the latest referee to fall flat on the biggest stage. The NHL’s officiating crisis, renewed Thursday night at TD Garden, has created a critical point.

Sutherland, considered one of the league’s best referees, did not see — or see fit to call — a penalty when St. Louis Blues forward Tyler Bozak upended Bruins forward Noel Acciari with a leg sweep in the third period of Game 5. Acciari, who fell backward and hit his head on the ice, was taken out of the play and the game. With Acciari on his knees after the hit, the Blues scored what would be the winning goal — hockey’s ultimate insult to injury. The Blues can clinch the Stanley Cup in Game 6 on Sunday night in St. Louis.


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Morning Line- Torey Krug

"As athletes, we make mistakes, officials make mistakes too."

"My only suggestion would be to be able to review anything that immediately affects a scoring play. o if, for example, a hand pass was part of the scoring play, as a secondary assist or a primary assist, that should be reviewable. If it's outside the primary scoring event, then I don't think that should be reviewed."

-Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins on video review.  Emily Kaplan of ESPN has more including suggestions from other players.

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