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Thoughts With Kerry Fraser And Family

from Kerry Fraser at NHL.com,

Kerry Fraser, who retired in 2010 after spending 30 years as an NHL referee, was recently diagnosed with a rare chronic blood disorder called essential thrombocythemia. As part of Hockey Fights Cancer Month, Fraser shares his diagnosis and his outlook with NHL.com.

It was just 10 days ago that my wife Kathy and I sat in an examination room at world-renowned Fox Chase Cancer Center in Northeast Philadelphia, for a follow-up appointment with hematologist, Dr. Stefan Barta.

After another hectic drive through rush-hour traffic from our home in southern New Jersey, I was lamenting to Kathy -- actually complaining in vociferous terms that warranted a misconduct penalty -- why she had booked me into this facility in the first place! After all, this is where former NHL coach Roger Neilson and other really sick people come to be treated.

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Video- Will The Players Adjust To The Slashing Enforcement?

What do you thinkg of this call on JVR?

Okay with it or is this one example of calling it too tight?

 

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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

A few of the topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed were the Chicago Blackhawks, the rules being enforced and the alley-oop pass.  

Cherry broke down a few hockey plays and more too.

 

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Video- Hockey Ops Explains The Rules

6 1/2 minutes in length.

 

 

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Stephen Walkom On Enforcing The Rules

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Stephen Walkom insists his officials will continue establishing a standard of enforcement that won’t waiver during the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Yes, the playoffs.

“So far the reaction has been pretty good with coaches and players – it’s in the skilled players’ best interest,” said the NHL’s director of officiating, who adds that none of the league’s 31 general managers have lodged complaints either.

“By playoff time the players will have changed the way they set up for a faceoff. With the slashing we’re going to treat it just like hooking out of the 2005-06 season and we don’t want to change our standard in the playoffs.”

Players and fans have every right to be skeptical games next spring will be called as tightly as this year’s pre-season penalty-fests.

However, what shouldn’t be questioned is whether the players will learn to conform sooner rather than later. Just as they did after the lockout when hooking and holding needed to be eliminated.

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Ease Up Boys

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Video- Retired Ref Paul Devorski Helps The Winnipeg Jets To Become More Disciplined

Not a bad idea at all.

 

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Stephen Walkom On The Slashing Calls

from Mike Sawatzky of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The NHL’s crackdown on slashing isn’t even a week old, but the league’s director of officiating believes the tougher approach is already having the desired effect.

"It’s early, but so far there’s a real buy-in," Stephen Walkom said over the phone Thursday morning. "Even the players on the competition committee were concerned about this area.

"I think (the referees are) applying the standard we want them to apply, relative to the hacking and whacking around the hands. And I’m already seeing player conformance and a lot of players haven’t even played two games yet. The players seem to be adapting and thinking out there, but old habits die hard."...

The safety issue is real. Most fans can remember a slash from Minnesota’s Eric Staal breaking Johnny Gaudreau’s finger, sidelining the Calgary Flames star for 10 games last season, or Sidney Crosby’s slash in which the Pittsburgh Penguins captain nearly severed the pinky finger of Ottawa Senators defenceman Marc Methot.

"I would think those two incidents were the tipping point," Walkom said. "It was something that had slowly crept into the game since the restart in ’05-06, when players weren’t allowed to hook anymore. They started to walk that line of tapping and reaching out to touch someone. Playing the same way but not hooking the guy and over time, not that they weren’t calling slashing penalties, but players were getting the benefit of the doubt when it was around the hands.

"It got to the point where players took advantage of that grey area in the game."

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Ruining The Game?

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

One week into training camp and so far all the talk has been about how the referees are ruining the game of hockey.

Boston’s Brad Marchand called the NHL’s crackdown on cheating in the faceoff circle “an absolute joke.” Toronto’s Leo Komarov is upset that if he chooses to wear a visor, it must actually be low enough to protect his eyes. And there have been so many slashing penalties called that Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock joked he hasn’t been able to evaluate anything other than the power play and penalty kill.

The hockey might be sloppy for this time of year. But when it comes to criticizing the men in stripes, everyone seems to be in mid-season form.

Do they have a point? Well, kind of.

Prior to Wednesday night’s games, there were 91 slashing minors and 16 faceoff violations called in the 19 exhibition games in which off-ice officials kept real-time statistics. It seems excessive. And yet, this is the time to be excessive.

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The Players Will Have To Adapt To The Rule Changes

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

During Monday night’s seven preseason games with available statistics, 41 minor penalties for slashing were whistled, for an average of nearly six per game.

Though it is not a direct comparison, since last year’s preseason data is not available, there were 791 slashing minor penalties called last regular season, for an average of just 0.6 slashing calls per game.

That is a nearly 10-fold jump, sure to snap players to attention to the NHL’s new zero-tolerance policy. There were four slashing infractions in the first period alone of the Rangers-Islanders exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Monday. No preseason game so far has featured fewer than four slashing calls.

The idea is to police slashing more stringently from the outset of the preseason to allow players seven or eight games to adapt before the regular season when the same standard will be in place....

Not only will referees be more focused on slashing, incoming NHL senior vice-president of player safety George Parros said recently that egregious slashes will be met with supplemental discipline.

“We’ll be looking at them more,” Parros said on Sept. 7. “If they seem to be more intentful or directed towards the fingers and hands with greater force, we’re going to be looking to do something: fines, suspensions, whatever it might be.

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As always, consistency will be the key.

added 5:26pm, Video- Brad Marchand on the faceoffs, watch below...

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