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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,



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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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Video Evidence- Those Offside Challenges


We had another close challenge last night.  Ended up with the correct call which IMO should be the end game.  Get it correct, isn't that what everyone wanted?


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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Bruce Hood

NEW YORK (Jan. 5, 2018) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of former NHL referee Bruce Hood:

“For 21 NHL seasons, Bruce Hood brought professionalism and integrity to every game he worked and earned the respect of the players, coaches, general managers – as well as his peers.  In addition to his command of the game and his ability to communicate on the ice, Bruce had a characteristic calmness that brought his excellence to the fore when the pressure was greatest.

“We also remember Bruce for all that he gave back to the game away from the rink, inspiring countless young officials to pursue his chosen career.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and his many friends, both in his community and around the hockey world.”

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Video- The Best Of Wes McCauley

NHL referee Wes McCauley in action!



added 9:33pm, below, Sportsnet's version...

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Collins On Fighting In The NHL

“The game is so much better now, it’s faster. It’s more skilled. The competition. The players are in better shape. We don’t need fighting. No one listens to me, but I recommended to the rules committee that maybe we should follow what hockey is everywhere. If you fight, you get disqualified. Everybody wears a face shield. It’s not necessary.”

-Kevin Collins, retired NHL linesman and just inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.  More on this topic and other hockey notes from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

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Watch Your Language

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

“Nobody says bad things any more,” says Komarov.

“Everyone is a little more aware that the walls have ears,” adds teammate Nazem Kadri. “Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, guys get passionate, it’s going to happen. But not as much as it used to.”

NHL senior vice-president Colin Campbell confirmed to the Star that the league is trying to clean up the language “across the board.”

“And, giving the players credit, they are much more in touch with what they can and can’t say today. They know that they are being monitored in every possible way today,” said Campbell....

Greg Millen, the former goalie and now TV analyst who sits between the benches on telecasts, says he’s noticed a decline in trash talk.

“It seems like it’s down,” said Millen. “I haven’t heard as much bantering going on.”

Players receive sensitivity training as part of the NHL Players’ Association’s rookie orientation program and the league is using its on-ice officials to remind players about language.

“There are microphones everywhere,” says former player Steve Yzerman, now general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “We see it every day, whether it’s hockey or around the world. What was said 20 years ago isn’t acceptable. Not that it was acceptable then, it was tolerated.

“You have to watch what you say. That’s probably a good thing.”


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Who Said It?

“I hate the cycle, though; moving the puck along the boards, and the refs aren’t blowing the whistle. The game is not as entertaining, not as much flow.”

And this on the Habs...

“They’re not as good a team as their general manager thinks they are.”

Who said it? Hint, former NHL ref.

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