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from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,
For his poise in the heat of action, Udvari was assigned by Voss to many of the NHL's toughest games between the League's fiercest rivals, powder-keg contests that were in constant danger of explosion.
"Guys in the game today have no idea how tough players were in those days, like Rocket Richard and Lindsay," Udvari told Irvin. "In the warmup, Lindsay would tell guys on the other team he was going to cut their (expletive) head off. I mean, he was mad already, and the game hadn't even started. The ferociousness and the way they focused on the game was unbelievable."
There were light moments -- sort of. Udvari recalled once giving the Red Wings five consecutive penalties and having the great Howe skate over to sneer at the No. 1 on his referee's back, saying that Udvari still was only second-best. Asked who was best, Mr. Hockey replied, "Everybody else is tied."
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
- Veteran NHL linesman Don Henderson, brutalized by Dennis Wideman’s blindside assault during a game on Jan. 27, three weeks ago required neck surgery to repair damage from the hit and friends of his worry that his officiating career may be finished.
Henderson, 47, was near the boards, with his back to Wideman, when the Flames defenseman skated into him, inexplicably lifting his arms and knocking Henderson to the ice. Typically not one to engage in rough stuff, particularly during his four-year stint with the Bruins, Wideman appeared to leave his feet when making contact — a move that usually would bring a charging call and/or game misconduct if it were perpetrated against another player....
- ... If Holland is convinced Mrazek is his No. 1, the most obvious salary “fix’’ would be to move Howard, the 32-year-old ex-UMaine Black Bear. Howard is on the books for three more years at $5.3 million per, a fairly comfortable number for a No. 1, especially with his solid résumé. One possible move would have the Wings retaining, say, a third of his salary. The acquiring team would have a proven No. 1 for roughly $3.6 million (cheaper than Mrazek) and the Wings would have to carry only $1.7 million of his cap hit.
- Once the Oilers moved Taylor Hall to New Jersey to acquire puck-moving defenseman Adam Larsson, it meant all of the top six picks in the 2010 draft were no longer with the clubs that drafted them.
No. 7 that year, Jeff Skinner, remains in Carolina, where GM Ron Francis has opted instead to move out virtually everyone else — notwithstanding the somewhat curious move to bring back struggling goaltender Cam Ward on a new two-year deal.
To recap the 2010 top six:....
more on each of the above topics plus other hockey topics...
from Claire Rogers of GolfDigest,
There are several big names in this week’s RBC Canadian Open field, but Garrett Rank is one you probably haven’t heard. The 28-year-old Ontario native, cancer survivor and NHL referee has been able to balance and pursue his passion and his profession with grace and determination. After winning the 2015 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship for the second straight year, Rank earned an invitation to Glen Abbey Golf Club. His amateur record includes finishing second in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur, making it to match play in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Amateur and reaching the semifinals in this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot.
To reach his country’s biggest golf tournament speaks to Rank’s persistence. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer during his collegiate golf and hockey careers, he continued to stay involved in both sports, going on to lead a double life: one on the course, the other on the rink as an NHL referee.
Hockey had always come before golf in Rank’s world. At age 4, Rank stepped onto his family’s backyard rink where he learned to skate. While Rank failed to qualify for his provincial golf championships, his junior hockey team made the Ontario finals three years in a row.
from Peter Gobis of the Sun Chronicle,
The odometer on Ryan Daisy’s 2007 Ford clicked over to 200,000 a few weeks ago when he had just crossed the border into Massachusetts, heading home to Mansfield.
Ask Daisy for a roster of restaurants that serve a home-cooked meal or establishments with late-night hours and he can rattle off more than a handful. Twenty-four hour gas stations, cold arenas and screaming fans, the differing styles of play between the USHL, the ECHL and the AHL — Daisy has an answer for them all.
“It’s been a long six years of pounding pavement, a lot of roads, a lot of miles,” said Daisy, who is newly minted as an NHL linesman for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
“It’s every kid’s dream to one day play in the NHL. I knew in my teenage years that dream was not going to come true.”
Now, it is Daisy who is wearing the striped shirt — in the NHL, no less.
The 28-year-old Daisy was one of four officials appointed to assignments at NHL arenas next season. Last season, the NHL saw the retirements of referees Rob Martell, Greg Kimmerly and Dennis LaRue, along with linesmen Mike Cvik, Brad Lazarowich and Andy McElman.
Daisy is a product of the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program.
It is both illogical and irresponsible to think that a separate standard of the playing rules should be used in the playoffs. The general managers must come to a consensus on how the games should be called, from the preseason right through the final game of the playoffs. Players need to clearly understand that if they violate a rule they will be penalized. The onus should be on the player who commits the foul, not the referee for having the courage to call it.
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on this topic.
from Kerry Fraser at the Players' Tribune,
What I want people to take away this story, especially as they’re about to watch the puck drop in the Stanley Cup finals, is how much stress everyone is under out there. You’re watching human beings, most of whom are giving everything they have despite incredible physical pain.
Mistakes will be made. Calls will be missed. Players will do dumb things. But what’s so genuinely great about this game is that, no matter what happens, when it’s all said and done, the players line up and look one another in the eye. You shake the hand of the man who has been trying to kill you for seven games.
After my father passed away in 2001, I was going through some of his old memorabilia when I found this newspaper clipping.
The article said that my father had been suspended for punching a referee in the face.
What was that poor zebra’s name?
Frank Udvari. The man who had given me my big break.
Hockey. That’s all I gotta say about that.
more, some great stories....
via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,
Officials need to communicate constantly throughout the game and not only with players, but it includes and occasional visit to the bench to chat with coaches.
Listen to more busy officials, this time from the second round, as they make sure players know why calls were made, how to avoid getting in the box, and ensuring a game flows smoothly.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN
The dangerous culture of hitting that we see on a nightly basis often begins with an upward explosive body motion designed to generate maximum (and often excessive) force through contact. When a player stiffens his legs from a flexed position, elevates his shoulder and then throws his full force upward, the increased velocity created is significant. By elevating in this manner, the upward motion greatly increases the risk for some degree of head contact.
A charging penalty used to be called whenever a player’s skates left the ice to deliver a check. Very seldom is that penalty called in the modern game. Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall and Washington blueliner Brooks Orpik are two examples of players who launch themselves upward to make that devastating hit, but the list is long and extensive. The fact is, most players are guilty of this dangerous phenomenon when they try to make a high-impact hit. We make excuses and offer a free pass to high, hard hits when the checker has at least one blade in contact with the ice at the instant of impact, just before both skates go completely airborne....
The first step in reducing the potential for head contact is to dial down the upward velocity by forcing hitters to keep their skates on the ice prior to, and completely through, impact. Failure to do so should result in a charging penalty.
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