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Video- The New Offside Rule Explained

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Scheduling The Officials

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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Neil Armstrong

NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2020) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Neil Armstrong:

"Throughout his 21-year career as an NHL linesman, Neil Armstrong’s numbers spoke for themselves — as one of only eight linesmen working in the League during the first half of his career, he totaled almost 2,000 regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games and a remarkable 18 consecutive years in the  Stanley Cup Final from 1960 through 1977.  However, when one reflects on Neil's incredible impact on the game and the attributes that earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was the universal respect that General Managers, Coaches, Players and his peers had for him that stood out the most.  He brought integrity, passion and dedication to our game and his influence inspired new generations of officials long after he worked his last game in 1978. We send our deepest condolences to his son Doug and the entire Armstrong family.”

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Video- Refs Mic’d During The Playoffs

Six plus minutes of ref chatter.

via NHL.com,

The best mic'd up moments from referees throughout the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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Video- Refs Mic’d Up Games 1-3 SCF

Almost 180 seconds long.

 

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Video- Refs Mic’d Up During The Conference Finals

Just over 2 minutes long.

 

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Videos- Bloopers From The Past Week Plus Refs Wearing A Microphone

Bloopers first, mic'd up refs below.

 

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Too Many Penalties

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Like other players in the NHL's "bubble," Ryan Hartman of the Minnesota Wild watched a lot of postseason hockey during the first few days of the restarted 2019-20 season. He couldn't help but notice an obvious trend during his viewing binge.

"A lot -- a lot -- of penalties were being called," he said. "There wasn't much getting by."

That wasn't just perception. Through the first two days of the Stanley Cup postseason, featuring both round-robin and qualification-round games, teams averaged 13:00 penalty minutes. That's higher than the average for the first round of the playoffs in 2019 (10:05), 2018 (11:18) and 2017 (8:28). Through Monday's games, that average dropped to 12:26 per team. But that was still a higher average than the NHL had seen in the first two games in each of the past three opening rounds.

Tune in to some of these games, and there's a good chance you would have been watching someone with the man advantage. The Carolina Hurricanes' first game against the New York Rangers had 14 power plays. The Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames, as well as the Nashville Predators and the Arizona Coyotes, had a total of 11 power plays in Game 1.

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Under The Same Bubble

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

With players, officials, coaches and general managers all living in the same bubble, the referee who made the game-deciding call could well end up in a Starbucks lineup with a group of players from the affected team. A linesman who whistled down a play for an offside will come upon that team’s head coach and GM walking to breakfast, still griping about the call he made.

“We do see a lot of players. There are 12 teams,” said linesman Jonny Murray, who we spoke with over the phone from inside the bubble earlier this week. “We see coaches. We see general managers. I have no issue talking with them — I’ve been in the league for 20 years. I’ll chat with those guys. I’ve had some good and bad conversations with anyone who has been in the league a long time. There is respect.

So far, so good, he said on Tuesday.

“Now, we’re starting on Saturday,” he cautioned. “Today everyone is loose and happy. I don’t know how it will be when a team is down two games to nothing.”

Spend some time around NHL officials and you’ll hear their mantra: “Fifty per cent of the people are going to disagree with every call you make.”

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On-Ice Officials In Training Too

from Scouting The Refs,

NHL Referees and Linesmen reported for duty earlier this week, with 20 officials arriving at each of the hub cities on Tuesday.

Though there’s no formal training camp for officials, the league is taking advantage of the dual-centralization to pull together the stripes in each city.

“Normally they don’t get together in the playoffs other than with the people they work with,” said NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, during a league update on Friday afternoon. “It’s a bit of a luxury that we have 20 officials in each hub city. From a team perspective, that’s a little different for them.”...

The officials – and players – may also have to get used to a new whistle. While the NHL is not moving to electronic whistles, they are going pea-less.

“We will be trying the Fox40 pea-less whistle,” Walkom advised, adding that the officials will be using them during today’s on-ice skate. “It has the right trill for the players and takes a lot less force to use.”

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