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from the CP at TSN,
... On Monday he'll be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014 with Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Rob Blake and the late Pat Burns.
McCreary, who was elected in his first year of eligibility, will be the 16th official in the Hall of Fame.
"I think it has a lot to do with his performance on the ice as an official in the game over a real long period of time," NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom said in a phone interview. "I think in the modern era, Bill McCreary is synonymous with excellence in officiating. He's just one of the greatest officials that the NHL's ever had."
The Guelph, Ont., native said he refereed with two words in mind: fair and safe. They got him to seven straight Stanley Cup final series and eight overall under four different NHL management teams.
"The consistency part, that's what an official strives to be is consistent within himself," said McCreary, who's now a spokesman for Crown Royal's "Make the Right Call" campaign to promote responsible drinking and an off-ice officiating manager. "So I think that shows that that accomplishment was achieved."
Referees are often the first people on the ice to get booed before a game and receive the brunt of criticism from players, coaches and wrath from fans. Somehow, McCreary earned respect all around.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Seems rather silly.
The NHL has invested millions of dollars to outfit every NHL arena with state-of-the-art technology and has the ability to review every single goal at its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art Situation Room in Toronto that has been copycatted by other professional sports leagues.
Yet night after night, unreviewable “incidental contact” rulings by referees — Wild fans are very familiar with these — are wiping out goals in a league that’s always searching for more offense.
Even a goalie like Wild veteran Niklas Backstrom, who is appreciative of the league’s directive to officials to protect goaltenders and feels that many laymen don’t understand how a simple bump can inhibit a goalie’s ability to stop the puck, thinks this type of washout should be double-checked and potentially overturned by the league’s team of video reviewers in Toronto.
via the Situation Room blog,
At 9:44 of the first period in the Columbus Blue Jackets/Carolina Hurricanes game, a "good goal" call for Carolina was signalled by the referee in the attacking zone. After the four on-ice officials huddled it was determined that Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin pushed Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney into the net with the puck. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save." This is not a reviewable play therefore the final on-ice decision by the referees stands - no penalty and no goal
The Situation Room in Toronto has no control of plays like this since the referee ruled incidental contact of the goalie.
Agree or disagree, the final say on a play like this should be made by the Situation Room where they have access to replays like this.
If the NHL wants to get as many calls right as possible, things have to change. We are seeing these types of calls on a nightly basis.
from erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The league did take a step in that direction during the summer when it opted to use a more liberal interpretation on pucks that are directed in by a skate with officials looking for a more defined “distinct kicking motion” when plays are reviewed in the NHL Situation Room.
Perhaps it is time to start looking at another rule that needs to go — the intent to blow the whistle.
According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed “when the referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle.”
This just seems defeatist to take a potentially legitimate goal off the board because the official was about to blow the play dead, but never actually followed through with the act.
It happened twice this week on goals that were negated on plays that would have been quick whistles, let alone quick “intent” to blow a whistle.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So Braden Holtby trips over his own skates after attempting to move the puck against a Luke Glendenning forecheck, the puck is shot into what becomes an empty net by the Red Wings in D.C. on Wednesday, referee Mike Leggo is watching the entire sequence from the right wing circle, doesn’t have his arm in the air signifying a penalty, and as soon as the puck goes in, he begins with the washout “no goal” signal.
Why? Why, even if the absurd goaltender interference call were made initially by referee Ghislain Hebert, out by the blue line, why didn’t Leggo correct him? Why wouldn’t he have told his partner he got it wrong? What was Leggo doing?
The NHL doesn’t need a coaches’ challenge. It needs referees who are unafraid to communicate with one another in order to make the correct call. It needs referees who don’t make calls — or reinforce them — based on things they never saw.
And the NHL needs a policy in which these referees actually have the responsibility to meet with the media — in the form of a designated pool reporter — after games to explain themselves, the way major league umpires do when there’s a controversial play.
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added 4:22pm, Jim Matheson agrees with Brooks via tweets,
Agree whole-heartedly with @NYP_Brooskie that NHL is totally wrong not allowing refs to talk after games to pool reporter to discuss calls.
Mind you, NHL doesn't ever want us knowing who the zebras either by taking their name bars off.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen felt a stick blade jab him in the face during a game last week against the San Jose Sharks. Vatanen fell and lifted his hand to his mouth, either to draw attention to the foul or simply as a reaction to being stabbed by a stick.
The referee Tim Peel blew his whistle for a high-sticking penalty against the Sharks — but he also penalized Vatanen for embellishment. Anaheim Coach Bruce Boudreau protested, but to no avail.
Peel judged Vatanen to be exaggerating, a violation of N.H.L. Rule 64, which calls for a two-minute penalty against “any player who blatantly dives” or “embellishes a fall or a reaction” to influence a referee. The call against Vatanen was part of a crackdown on what the league sees as rampant fakery among players.
“Embellishment in the game is a real problem today,” Colin Campbell, the N.H.L.’s senior executive vice president for hockey operations, said in June. “We understand players are trying to draw penalties. We feel it’s out of control.”
Or, as the bombastic hockey traditionalist Don Cherry once observed, “We’ve got to watch that we don’t start acting like those goofy soccer guys.”
continued and below, watch the Vatanen embellishment...
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
- As our video shows (click here to watch the video), L.A. Kings forward Jarret Stoll was tagged for tripping as Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter went down inside the blue line. Stoll argued the call, but was swiftly directed to the penalty box by Greg Kimmerley who eventually waived Stoll out of the box after consulting with fellow referee Steve Kozari.
It's clear a mistake was made and this isn't the first time on-ice officials have rescinded a penalty. However, a similar scenario almost always includes a high-sticking infraction when a teammate has caused the foul, as recognized by one of the game's four officials.
This wasn't that case. This was a tripping call the Penguins might argue shouldn't have been called back.
As it turns out, Pittsburgh won the game and this isolated play had no impact on the outcome. However, while NHL officials shouldn't be beaten down for getting it right, some around the league worry about the precedent of this overturned call from now on. ...
- We're just over four months until the NHL trade deadline, so there's plenty of time for the Washington Capitals and veteran defenceman Mike Green to work on a contract extension. However, with the offseason signings of blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, many believe Green may be viewed as the odd man out given the $6.08 million cap space he takes up.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Be honest: Who really got under your skin?
DVM: Claude Lemieux. [laughs] We just couldn’t get along on the ice. I gave him two 10-minute misconducts in one game, which I had never done to any player.
Did the emergence of video replay ever make you second-guess yourself?
DVM: No. Most our guys, I think, would tell you it’s been an asset to get the call right. We just knew it was there to be used to help us. You just have to react to what happens, and if the review shows it was different later, it’s not because you intended to be wrong. Mistakes happen.
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The TSN Insiders discussed the no-goal in the Wings/Capitals game last night and also mentioned Scott Stevens may join the Department of Player Safety.
Also discussed was the cap issue with the Kings and NHL Safety meeting with NHL teams.
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