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All Brian Murphy, NHL Linesman

It was the Rangers (vs.) Boston playoff series in 2013. The series went five games, and Game 4 at Madison Square Garden went to overtime. What was interesting about that game, with about five minutes to go in that game my partner called an icing play that (Rangers coach John) Tortorella didn’t like, and he was really giving it to my partner, like over the top. My partner was a younger guy, so I stepped in and started giving it back to Tortorella. Unfortunately, Brian Engblom is between the benches and forgot to hit the mute button (on the microphone) and it was a time during the game, I believe it was a tie game at the time, so it wasn’t a situation where I was going to give a coach a bench minor to alter the game and we had a pretty heated interaction. Well, the game ends up going into overtime and at the end of regulation, Tortorella calls me over and I don’t want to go over. He keeps calling, so I (skate) over and I only got 15-20 feet away from him and he looks at me and says, “Murph, we’re good, right? We’re good?” I said, “John, you’ve got nothing to worry about.” The public only sees him and I screaming at each other, but in reality, John was actually concerned he was maybe a little over the top and I was maybe a little bit mad at him....

-NHL linesman Brian Murphy.  Joe McDonald of The Athletic (paid) has much more from Murphy who recented appeared in his 2000th game.

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NHL Ref Brad Watson Retires At Home

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Coloradoan Brad Watson called it a career Saturday, concluding a 23-year stint as an NHL referee in front of family and friends at the Pepsi Center. I feel fortunate to have been among those friends.

A scratch golfer, good hockey player, and terrific story-teller, Watson hand-picked his 1,393rd and final NHL game — choosing his adopted hometown team hosting the Chicago Blackhawks in concluding his 73-game, regular-season annual commitment.

“It’s a nice way to go out. It’s at home, where I’ve been for 19 years,” Watson said.

Watson, 57, worked 214 playoff games and eight Stanley Cup Finals, including 2013 when the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in six games. His first playoff game was April 13, 2000, when the Avs hosted the Arizona Coyotes for Game 1 of a first-round series at the Pepsi Center.

The league’s oldest ref, Watson has close ties with former Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic — two respectful relationships born in 1996 when Watson worked his first NHL game and the Avs were in their inaugural season in Colorado.


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How Could It Not Be A Goal?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

But whenever Vancouver fans think of Sunday’s game, it won’t be for Schaller scoring a deuce or Josh Leivo sniping the shootout winner. It will be for rookie Elias Pettersson being denied a second-period goal when Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin foiled Pettersson on a second-period penalty shot by throwing his stick straight into the Swede’s feet.

Despite clear wording in the NHL rulebook that a goal should have been awarded automatically on Khudobin’s stick toss, referees Justin St. Pierre and Tim Peel, positioned on each side of the net with unobstructed side views of the play, called nothing except a save.

When Canucks coach Travis Green, after watching replays, disbelievingly asked St. Pierre before the ensuing faceoff why it wasn’t a goal, the referee shrugged and made a motion with his hand apparently demonstrating that Khudobin poke-checked Pettersson.

Before we proceed further, let’s make something clear: the Canucks are not going to the playoffs, haven’t won enough games to deserve to go, and are again in garbage time when blown calls – for and against them – hardly matter.

But blown calls should matter to the NHL, and this one was embarrassing. Not quite as embarrassing as former referee Denis Morel allowing Winnipeg Jet Nelson Emerson to catch a puck behind the Chicago net, carry it to the post and drop it with his hand over the goal-line for a game-winning goal during the 1993 season. But it wasn’t far off.


Missed it, watch the play here.

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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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