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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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Video- Dislocated Knee Cap For Linesman Steve Barton


Video below, no audio at least for me.

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Video- Enjoy Your Retirement Dave Jackson

via the Los Angeles Kings,

The Coyotes and Kings honor referee Dave Jackson on his 1,629th game following the Los Angeles' 4-2 victory at Staples Center.


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Video- Linesman Steve Barton Stretchered Off After Collision With McDavid

Side of his head hits the ice.


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Video- No Goal Pittsburgh, Offside

Skate off the blue line.




added 3:43pm 3/12/18, The Hockey Central at Noon guys discussed interference today, watch below...

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Doubtful Goalie Interference Will Be ‘Fixed’ For The Playoffs

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Maill,

It is only in rare circumstances that rules suggestions to come out of the annual GMs meetings, which run from March 19 to 21 in Boca Raton, Fla., are rushed into law during the current season. Any suggested rule changes usually are sent in early June to the league's NHLPA/NHL competition committee, which is made up of players, GMs and a few coaches who are non-voting members. The committee recommends which ones should be adopted.

Then both the NHL's board of governors and the executive board of the NHL Players' Association have to officially approve the changes, which they usually do. But that is not until late June, which means the changes go into effect the following season.

However, the referees' apparent inability to decide on a consistent standard for goaltender interference, and the coaches' limited ability to challenge the call on the ice, has the NHL in an uproar. The incidents are happening so often now that coaches and players outraged by a call in one game are often the beneficiaries of a call in the next.

read on

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So Does Getting It Close Count Even Thought It May Not Be The Correct Call

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Video- Gary Bettman On Goalie Interference


via Sportsnet,



added 7:18pm, Below, watch the full press conference, with a few more topics...

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Who Is Wes McCauley?

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

And who is Wes McCauley, exactly? One of the league’s most respected officials, for starters, an annual fixture in player polls who has worked five straight Stanley Cup Finals and should reach 900 career regular-season games next month. He is also a former Division I defenseman with several minor-league stops on his resume; a workout freak joins ex-pros around Portland for 6:30 a.m. skates; a father who literally takes planes, trains and automobiles on off-days for his kids.

His trademark zest is no secret, either; fellow officials often rib him about how loudly he yells into their wireless mics. But at the essence of every viral call are traits explaining how McCauley reached the peak of his profession: command, prudence, empathy, humility and, yes, humor. “He might be the only guy who can do that stuff,” linesman Steve Barton says, “because of all the success he’s had as an official."

Who is Wes McCauley? Maybe there is an even shorter answer. It’s just like folks around hockey tell him at every turn: You remind me so much of your dad.


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The Lifestyle Of NHL On-Ice Officials

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

NHL referee Dan O'Rourke, like most frequent fliers, is a meticulous packer. For every work trip, his suitcase weighs exactly 52 pounds. Should an airport attendee measure it at, say, 51 pounds, O'Rourke knows he must have left something at home. And he never leaves for a trip without his black-and-white striped uniform -- which he is responsible for transporting (and laundering) himself between cities -- his skates, gym clothes, toiletries and a high-powered blender. That's right, a blender. After burning 1,000 calories in a regulation game, how else is he supposed to replenish without a protein shake?

"Some teams have gotten better over the years in how they treat us," says O'Rourke, an 18-year NHL vet. "Sometimes there's a hot meal waiting for us after the game, with a protein and vegetables. But other arenas ..."

Let's just say that O'Rourke must be resourceful. Welcome to the secluded and highly regimented lifestyle of NHL officials, who call themselves the league's 32nd team. The parallels between the 68 men in stripes who regulate the game and an actual NHL team are hard to ignore.


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