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On The Road With NHL Linesman Greg Devorski

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

There are no line changes for officials -- they are on the ice 60 minutes, or longer, per game - which is why their pregame preparation is as important as what they do once the puck drops.

On most game days, Devorski follows a set routine.

He'll usually choose a later flight the night before, check into his hotel room and go to sleep. Then he'll have breakfast, often with the officials who will also be working that night's game, and work out for up to an hour.

"Nothing hard, just to wake the body up," the 6-foot-4 Devorski said. "Always lots of stretching."

He gets together with the other officials for lunch to discuss the upcoming game and go over their homework.

"Things like personnel, what happened last time they played," he said. "We like to keep our minds refreshed about the circumstances of any game."

Minds fresh and bodies in shape -- the days of pasta and beef for lunch are long gone for Devorski and many of his colleagues.

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Booing The Refs

from Scott Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

When you hear the "Ref-you-suck" chant in an arena around the National Hockey League, you know it’s not going well for the home team. Winnipeg Jets supporters are no different than the rest in that regard.

The different fan bases are saying the same thing — so am I to believe refereeing is a league-wide problem? Each city has conspiracy theorists sure "that was a penalty" against their team.

I cringe when I hear the anti-referee chant. There’s the tiniest of chances of getting a call in your team’s favour because of it. Referees are human. There may be a weak-minded one in their midst, but to get to the NHL they’ve survived a lot of tough tests.

My fear is there might be a pushback at the fans.

At the same time, I respect those fans are paying big dollars to be entertained and can do what they want (within reason) to enhance the value of their experience.

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Video- Sometimes A Headline Puts A Different Thought In Your Head

via Sportsnet YouTub page,

Headline- Linesman Lonnie Cameron takes dump in off side of the head

Summary- Watch as Lonnie Cameron takes a dump in off the side of the head.

Thankfully, it appears Cameron will by just fine.

 

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Tim Peel Is At Home In St. Louis

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,

Peel works 74 regular-season games per season, plus the playoffs, requiring him to be on the road 200 nights a year. The grind is especially difficult now with a wife, Tesha, whom he met in St. Louis 10 years ago, and two children — son Bronson (4) and daughter Brielle (3).

“I have a tremendous wife at home who basically raises our children,” he said.

Peel, however, wouldn’t change a thing. His job has allowed him to work an NHL All-Star Game, the Sochi Olympics and the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in 2009.

“Everything I have is because of the National Hockey League,” he said. “I’m very grateful and in debt to them.”

Peel is even more grateful after receiving a call from Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, asking him to officiate the Winter Classic contest at Busch Stadium.

“We don’t request any games, but I’m sure he knew in the back of his mind that it would be very special for me,” he said. “It’s obviously a very special call to get. This is going to rank right up there as one of the highlights of my career for sure.”

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The Perfect Time For Some Changes

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The timing is perfect for the NHL to declare a Centennial project to give the game back to the fans.

What we’ve witnessed in the last few days alone screams for it to happen.

The freeze-frame for it all came in an Edmonton Oilers game against the Coyotes in Arizona Wednesday evening.

The TV cameras caught it perfectly. The referee stood six feet away watching Connor McDavid get mauled and hauled down. I mean, the ref was positioned like an umpire for a play at the plate. It was, at minimum, interference but qualified as several other infractions. No call. And he was captured staring right at it and standing right over it.

It’s been happening all season. Clutching and grabbing, and hacking and whacking is back, and it’s escalated the last couple of weeks. It was especially visible in the last two games involving Chris Lee as referee. Teams are going to do whatever they have to do to stop the young talents like McDavid. Right now, they’ve settled into mostly hacking and whacking away at will.

Fans made it more than obvious what they wanted to watch back before this season began when the U-23 Team North America collection of young stars put on such a wonderful show at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

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Video- Scouting For On-Ice Officials

via the Boston Bruins,

Officiating Director Al Kimmel explains how the NHL scouts future referees and linesmen throughout the minor leagues.

 

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Afternoon Line- NHL Referee Wes McCauley

"I pinch myself that I still get to skate around. Every year there's a new generation of kids coming in, and it's amazing how skill and how good the game is because they are getting better and better every year. It's neat because I'm a pretty lucky guy. I do my best to try and stay out of the highlights."

-NHL referee Wes McCauley.  Blake Sebring of the News-Sentinel has much more on and from McCauley.

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About Those Nazem Kadri Diving Calls

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

This, of course, is the offence-hating NHL in a nutshell. No other sport forces it’s skilled players to walk a nightly gauntlet of slashes, hacks, holds and intimidation like the good, old NHL. Every night, defence is given the edge in this and a variety of other ways, which is one reason scoring is at a historic low.

Now let’s be clear here. Kadri is no saint. He yaps. He’s been in trouble for giving the throat slashing gesture. He has strong opinions about his own ability. But he isn’t a suck. He takes on all comers. He fought the much bigger David Backes to start this season. He doesn’t look to teammates for protection.

But the NHL, in the way its officials are dealing with the Leaf forward, are not only sending mixed messages, they’re reinforcing the generally held belief that the rule book is whatever referees want it to be. They can not only apply it differently in the third period to the first, and on Monday in St. Louis versus Thursday in Ottawa, but that they also can, in essence, wage campaigns against certain players if they so choose.

We know that’s human nature. Fool me once and all that. Alex Burrows knows that story. But as Babcock said last March, fine, but enough’s enough.

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Some Of Those Offside Challenges

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

A hair before David Krejci pulled the puck into the offensive zone, Ryan Spooner, driving the middle at full roar, sprinted over the blue line. Driscoll and Meyer did not spot Spooner’s premature entry into the zone. Only the two cameras positioned at each side of the blue line concluded the play should be considered null and void.

It was the video provided by those cameras, initiated by Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice’s challenge, that scrubbed the goal and the 11 seconds of events — Krejci’s backdoor feed to Spooner, Spooner and Danton Heinen digging for the puck on the wall, Krejci’s heavy forecheck to force a Ben Chiarot turnover — before Chara’s shot went in the net.

“I get why it was put in there,” said Bruins president Cam Neely of the coach’s challenge. “But it’s such a fast game. There’s blatant offsides that happen. I don’t know. I’m a little ambivalent about the rule.”

Neely’s gripe is a common one. The coach’s challenge, introduced in 2015, was meant to overturn the slam-dunk whiff.

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Remember, Most Offside Challenges Will Be Handled By The Situation Room In Toronto

via Michael Russo tweets,

NHL coach's challenge wrinkle this year: Toronto Situation Room will make MOST of the offside rulings to speed up process

Linesmen will assist on difficult offside reviews (possession, control/tag up. Refs still have final say on goalie interference

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