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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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All Kinds Of Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Five coaching changes this year. NHL record: 11 in 2002-03. That seems absurd.

If Peter DeBoer wants to coach again this season, he will have the opportunity. But the situation has to make sense.

- Sportsnet’s draft guru, Sam Cosentino, said this year’s Canadian World Junior training camp was, by far, the most heavily scouted he’s seen from an NHL perspective. The reason: This one featured eight first-year draft eligibles; the last five camps had a combined six. That doesn’t include OHL Guelph’s Nico Daws, who was passed over in 2019 and is taking out his anger on the rest of the league. Daws lost 25 pounds last summer, and Sam’s sources indicate he could go in the second round of the 2020 draft. By the way, Cosentino is the smartest person on the planet, because he’s not on social media.

23. The NHL is down six officials with long-term injuries. Tim Peel suffered a fractured tibia last week, putting him out three months. He joins fellow referees Jon McIsaac and Eric Furlatt, and linesmen Michel Cormier, Steve Miller and Vaughan Rody. Peel was injured during an Arizona/Chicago game, and Coyotes players were amazed at how he got up, limped to the bench, casually hopped over the boards and exited down the tunnel. They were talking about it after the game, saying they couldn’t remember seeing a referee exit as play continued.

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Cheap Shots Continue

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, victimized on Monday by Ryan Ellis, Juusi Saros, Jean Hebert and Kelly Sutherland and on Tuesday by George Parros and the ironically named department of player safety:...

The NHL justice system, in shattered pieces under the direction of the overmatched Parros (who may be getting direction from above), is no deterrent either. The NHL has largely adopted a hands-off approach to blows to the head and concussion-inducing hits, such as the Nikita Zadorov slewfoot on Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Dec. 5 that has sidelined the 19-year-old Finn since he incurred his brain injury.


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Video- Linesman Michel Cormier Takes A Hard Fall Along The Boards

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Morning Line- Mike Chambers

Both the Bruins’ and Avs’ goals were erased because of a coach’s challenge for offside. But why are we worrying about what happens an inch on both sides of the blue line when it has nothing to do with what happens 70-feet away at the net?

In a game that has never been so fast, linesmen should be forgiven for missing a close call and the game should go on. The coach’s challenge for offside is a waste of time because, again, it’s not a direct result of what ultimately happens. In basketball, sure, take away a 3-point shot if the shooter’s foot is on the line. And take away that touchdown if an NFL receiver doesn’t have both feet inbounds.

-Mike Chambers of the Denver Post where you can read more on this topic.

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Evening Line- Mike Sullivan

“The hardest one for me is goaltender interference, because there’s so much ambiguity,. What is actually goaltender interference? If something is close, it makes it real difficult for a coaching staff to challenge now. Because it’s one thing to lose a timeout. It’s another to get a two-minute penalty.”

-Mike Sullivan, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Mke DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more  on the coach's challenge.

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Video- Brian Burke on The Evander Kane Suspension

via Sportsnet,

Jeff Marek and Brian Burke discuss why San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane received a three game suspension for abuse of an official.


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Thoughts On Hockey

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Some of the teams looking for defencemen are considering Stanley Cup champion Joel Edmundson from St. Louis. He will earn $3.1 million, and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. I think the Devils are trying to add a blueliner, but am not certain he’d be the one. I’m wondering if Winnipeg is there, too.

- Anaheim continues to look for a righty, after the aborted Justin Faulk trade.

- Nothing imminent as far as I can tell on Tyler Toffoli, but, he’s another potential UFA and teams know he’s an option to add.

- Labour peace between the league and the NHLPA helped reach a new CBA with the officials. The NHL’s confidence that a player strike/lockout will be avoided created a path to ease the officials’ greatest concern, compensation during any stoppage. Also: an additional referee and linesman will be named to the Stanley Cup Final, making five of each. One additional referee and linesman will be added when Seattle joins in 2021-22.


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Morning Line- Darrell Davis On The Coach’s Challenge

There are going to be so many stupid stoppages — just give the referees’ whistles to the coaches!

-Darrell Davis of 980 CJME (Regina) and you can read more too.

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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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