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Should Penalty Calls Be Reviewable?

from Wayne Fish of the Courier Times,

Now for all the naysayers who cry the game is already too long, we have the solution: Go to commercial break for the 30 seconds (or longer) it would take to sort out the mess (and cut in to the total amount of commercials that slow the flow of the game anyway).

That way, no time is added on to the total amount of time for a game and everyone can still get out of the building by 9:35 and rush home to pay the babysitter.

“Good idea,″ says Flyers TV studio analyst and former player Chris Therien. “There’s nothing gray about it — it’s black and white. We have the luxury of having multiple video angles of just about everything in life these days, not to mention a hockey rink.

“So from that standpoint, when something like that happened, well, it should not have happened. From a human eye standpoint, all Toronto had to say was, ‘Hagg’s stick never touched the Minnesota player. We have to call down.’ ″

Right now, there is no system in place for the NHL officials in Toronto to overrule penalty calls.


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Video- Now This Is What You Call A Quick Whistle

added 8:39pm, Slow motion GIF below.

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Video- A Look At HHOF Ref Bill McCreary

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Bill McCreary grew up playing hockey but knew he wasn't good enough to play professionally. After taking the advice of on-ice officials he knew, he began refereeing and the rest is history.


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Remembering Mick McGeough

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

In that bygone era of the colourful National Hockey League referee, the only thing that was black and white about Mick McGeough were the stripes he wore through 20 seasons and more than 1,000 games.

Helmetless and with his name emblazoned on his back, while players came and went there wasn’t a hockey fan who didn’t come to recognize McGeough’s vivid, controversial style.

McGeough died in a Regina hospital early Saturday, felled by a stroke he suffered Sunday. He was just 62, and working as a supervisor of officials for the NHL as he readied himself for full retirement.

He’ll be remembered as a colourful, controversial official, with a last name that matched a famous cartoon character known for his poor eyesight and lack of better judgement. The fact that McGeough became an NHL referee was testament to his thick skin and steeled backbone.

“Either that, or I’m not too smart,” he once joked, pausing to think. “Likely the latter.”


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Early Morning Line- Tim Peel

Tim Peel and #24 Graham Skilliter worked the game in Ottawa last night. #24 talking to Bylsma/Blashill so a simple deduction puts Peel on the microphone.

We all make mistakes and I am sure Gordie Howe would have had a good laugh.

Update: Reports say it was the rink announcer with the call so you decide.  Like I said, we all make mistakes.


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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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