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from Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey,
Why can’t the zebras find a happy medium that sees them call actual penalties when they happen instead of pocketing their whistles on too many nights? The game hasn’t changed that much that players have legitimately cut their infractions in half over the past decade, as the powerplay opportunity numbers suggest. Too many nights the 5v5 game results in a virtual stalemate out there, and the occasional powerplay might have the desired effect of encouraging at least one of the teams to try to score.
It’s a sad state of affairs that in many games the only penalties that will be called down the stretch are non-discretionary ones. Somebody shoots the puck over the glass? No choice, that’s a penalty. Somebody puts an opponent’s face through the glass? See no evil, call no evil.
A Minot man who's officiated games in the NHL for two decades is hoping to return to the ice this winter.
Thor Nelson has been out of the league for most of two seasons because of an injury suffered while officiating a game in Winnipeg in 2013.
Jim Olson caught up with him this week to find out about his recovery.
It was a game in Winnipeg in 2013 that changed Thor Nelson's NHL officiating career.
"I remember leading up to the incident, I stepped in between two guys who were fighting and I don't remember the rest which happened to be a right cross that caught me instead of one of the players."
That right cross gave Nelson a concussion - something that erased his memory of finishing the game - which he did - and driving home from Winnipeg to Minot - which he also did. He fought through it - staying on the ice, but knowing things were not right.
"I was in Vancouver and couldn't see my partner across the ice, it was all blurry, and I went to a team doctor and said we gotta talk."
That was in the 2013-14 season and he had to hang up his skates, leaving behind his life in the NHL.
continued and watch the interview below...
The NHLOA would like to congratulate the officials selected to work the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals.
Wes McCauley, Dan O'Halloran, Kevin Pollock, Kelly Sutherland.
Derek Amell, Shane Heyer, Brian Murphy, Pierre Racicot.
Linesman Brad Kovachik left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday in the second period with a sprained knee after a collision along the boards.
The NHL said he will be out indefinitely.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos checked New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who hit Kovachik with 7:41 left in the period.
Kovachik, who was helped off the ice, was replaced by Greg Devorski. The game was delayed about five minutes.
from Scouting The Refs,
Eric Furlatt, Steve Kozari, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, and Brad Watson. Standby referee is Gord Dwyer.
Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey, Michel Cormier, Greg Devorski, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Brian Murphy, and Pierre Racicot. Standby linesman is Steve Miller.
read on to find out who is missing and more...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The team of officials selected to work this series-ending tilt have also been preparing for the opening puck drop since as early as Tuesday when they got on a plane, train or automobile to arrive in the City. Each official is required to arrive prior to the 9pm et curfew but more likely came in advance of that to join their colleagues for an early dinner. Casual conversation would take place over the magnitude of the game, events from Game 6 that would have been watched by the entire crew from their respective home locations, or even perhaps a perspective gained in a backup role. The officials have a great deal at stake as well. They must be at their very best and desire to be a "non-factor" in the outcome of the game; hopefully to leave it in the players' hands.
They know that there will be a great deal of emotion and energy on the ice from both teams. While they will certainly feel the pressure, it is important for the guys in stripes not to get drawn into the emotional battles that will likely take place. The referees and linesmen need to maintain an emotional state of neutrality, but also be prepared to bring an elevated energy level and impose themselves as the game dictates. The Series Supervisor will have conducted a meeting with the crew at Noon today and highlighted areas of emphasis for the officials to be aware of. That information would surely include protection of the goalkeepers, making sure that each call will withstand the test of a replay and not to be fooled through embellishment. Last but not least, make sure any puck shot over the glass wasn't deflected before imposing a penalty.
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