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Video- No Fans In The Stands, Will The Refs Call The Game Differently?

via TSN's YouTube page,

On the latest TSN In Depth, Rick Westhead chats with former NHL referee Dean Warren and the author of 'Scorecasting' Tobias Moskowitz about how playing in empty arenas will affect the way in which referees officiate games and how home-field advantage can influence close calls.


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Former Linesman Pat Dapuzzo Still In The Game

from Kreistina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Dapuzzo’s days as an NHL linesman are now more than a decade behind him. His career came to an abrupt and horrific end on a Saturday night in Philadelphia in 2008, when he suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in NHL history. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at him today: His brown hair hides a road map of scars, and feats of remarkable plastic surgery have reassembled parts of his face. In the booth, Dapuzzo brings a butter knife up to his forehead to point out the inch-long crevasse that appears between his eyebrows when he furrows his brow. The scar is the same width as a skate blade. It’s the only visible indicator of the moment that changed his life.

Dapuzzo hasn’t skated since he was guided off the ice 12 years ago. He says he’ll never skate again. But his is not a story defined by suffering or resentment, even if hockey did make him wonder whether he’d ever be happy again. This affable father of three has reinvented and rediscovered himself, and he’s enjoying yet another act in the game he fell in love with as a teenager.

To count the number of hockey careers the 61-year-old has influenced along the way is impossible. Boston Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy’s is one, and he says Dapuzzo “gave me a chance to follow my dream.” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has been a friend of Dapuzzo’s for more than 20 years. “To see what he’s overcome, what he’s accomplished and what he’s doing today, I couldn’t be more proud,” Daly says. Dapuzzo is no longer sharing the ice with the greats and he may be as far from hockey’s spotlight as ever, but the man friends call “Dap” is in the midst of his most important and selfless work in the game yet. “He’s put his whole life into it,” McAvoy says.

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Afternoon Line- Don Koharski

“Our officials will be ready to go.  They train at home".

“We’ve been doing a fun thing on Mondays and Tuesdays with our guys through video and our guys are getting rules quizzes, they’re getting videos. We’re working a lot on their fundamentals and mechanics.  [They’re] helping [NHL Director of Officiating] Stephen Walkom and his staff – us, our team – build a library of things that we can have [to refer to] for when we do go back.”

-NHL Officiating Manager Don Koharski. Scouting The Refs has more from Koharski.

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A Look At Retiring NHL Linesman Scott Driscoll

from Mark Masters of TSN,

Scott Driscoll hopes his distinguished 28-year career as a National Hockey League linesman isn't over just yet.

His farewell season was set up so that he'd finish with 1,850 regular-season games. When the league hit pause on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Driscoll still had three to go.

Driscoll's last outing was in Toronto on March 10, when the native of tiny Seaforth, Ont. was honoured with a video tribute in the first period and received congratulatory handshakes from Leafs players after their win.

"That was really cool and surreal and right now that's holding up as maybe my last game ever," Driscoll said.

It was a nice send-off, but not the career capper Driscoll had envisioned. That would've been at Madison Square Garden on March 18.

"My favourite building in the league is New York. I just love the city and I had 82 people coming to that game. I'm hopeful that I have at least one more to go."

Driscoll spoke to TSN by phone to go through some of his career highlights.


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A Matter Of Time For Female On-Ice Officials In the NHL

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke, a couple of Massachusetts women with their hockey dreams still evolving, both were on the job Friday night, partnering as referees in the 3-on-3 elite women’s tournament that was newly incorporated into the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in St. Louis.

Guay, 37, and Cooke, 29, also wore the league’s shield in September when they were among the first four women ever chosen to officiate at NHL rookie camps. It was a significant step for all of the women, and especially progressive for a league that has yet to follow the lead of the NBA and NFL in handing women a whistle and making them true in-game stakeholders in their sport.

“I think they’re definitely looking for the right person to break that barrier,” said Cooke, who grew up in Andover and recently became a corporate attorney in Boston. “There’s people out there who are coming up and one could be the right person.”

Perhaps that woman is Guay, who Cooke considers a friend and mentor. Paul Stewart thinks Guay is the most obvious current candidate. Stewart, 66, was an NHL referee for more than 20 years, and later hired Guay and Cooke to officiate men’s Division 1 games during his years assigning ECAC officials....

Stephen Walkom, director of NHL officiating, told nhl.com last fall that women working NHL games “is definitely a possibility.”

According to Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, Walkom’s efforts to make the officiating combine “as inclusive as possible” will pay dividends, making it likely that women will be included in the NHL’s officiating ranks.

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All Kinds Of Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Five coaching changes this year. NHL record: 11 in 2002-03. That seems absurd.

If Peter DeBoer wants to coach again this season, he will have the opportunity. But the situation has to make sense.

- Sportsnet’s draft guru, Sam Cosentino, said this year’s Canadian World Junior training camp was, by far, the most heavily scouted he’s seen from an NHL perspective. The reason: This one featured eight first-year draft eligibles; the last five camps had a combined six. That doesn’t include OHL Guelph’s Nico Daws, who was passed over in 2019 and is taking out his anger on the rest of the league. Daws lost 25 pounds last summer, and Sam’s sources indicate he could go in the second round of the 2020 draft. By the way, Cosentino is the smartest person on the planet, because he’s not on social media.

23. The NHL is down six officials with long-term injuries. Tim Peel suffered a fractured tibia last week, putting him out three months. He joins fellow referees Jon McIsaac and Eric Furlatt, and linesmen Michel Cormier, Steve Miller and Vaughan Rody. Peel was injured during an Arizona/Chicago game, and Coyotes players were amazed at how he got up, limped to the bench, casually hopped over the boards and exited down the tunnel. They were talking about it after the game, saying they couldn’t remember seeing a referee exit as play continued.

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Cheap Shots Continue

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, victimized on Monday by Ryan Ellis, Juusi Saros, Jean Hebert and Kelly Sutherland and on Tuesday by George Parros and the ironically named department of player safety:...

The NHL justice system, in shattered pieces under the direction of the overmatched Parros (who may be getting direction from above), is no deterrent either. The NHL has largely adopted a hands-off approach to blows to the head and concussion-inducing hits, such as the Nikita Zadorov slewfoot on Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Dec. 5 that has sidelined the 19-year-old Finn since he incurred his brain injury.


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Video- Linesman Michel Cormier Takes A Hard Fall Along The Boards

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Morning Line- Mike Chambers

Both the Bruins’ and Avs’ goals were erased because of a coach’s challenge for offside. But why are we worrying about what happens an inch on both sides of the blue line when it has nothing to do with what happens 70-feet away at the net?

In a game that has never been so fast, linesmen should be forgiven for missing a close call and the game should go on. The coach’s challenge for offside is a waste of time because, again, it’s not a direct result of what ultimately happens. In basketball, sure, take away a 3-point shot if the shooter’s foot is on the line. And take away that touchdown if an NFL receiver doesn’t have both feet inbounds.

-Mike Chambers of the Denver Post where you can read more on this topic.

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Evening Line- Mike Sullivan

“The hardest one for me is goaltender interference, because there’s so much ambiguity,. What is actually goaltender interference? If something is close, it makes it real difficult for a coaching staff to challenge now. Because it’s one thing to lose a timeout. It’s another to get a two-minute penalty.”

-Mike Sullivan, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Mke DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more  on the coach's challenge.

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