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TORONTO (April 6, 2010) – Four men in black, and white will officiate their final NHL regular-season games in April. Veteran referees Kerry Fraser and Dan Marouelli and linesmen Mark Paré and Lyle Seitz will retire from active duty after the conclusion of the 2009-10 season, the National Hockey League announced today.
“We thank Kerry, Dan, Mark and Lyle for their many years of professionalism and dedication,” said Terry Gregson, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating. “We wish them all the best in their future endeavors and honor the contributions each made to our League”.
My mother calls me one day and is upset because Matt has supposedly taken off from the Sault with a midway that had been playing for a week or so. She says she wants me to track him down and bring him back to the Sault, so I pick up the trail and I track him down. I can’t remember which town in Northern Ontario I found him in, but he was living a dream of joining a circus and was working putting up the rides and such.”
-Red Wing great Marty Pavelich on his brother and retired NHL linesman Matt Pavelich. A great read on Matt from Tom Keenan of the Sault Star.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
I don’t think I’m alone, but I do have a few concerns about officiating in the NHL. I certainly think (or maybe hope) that others inside the NHL have the same concerns. I am even more concerned about the future of the two-man refereeing system. Someone (read the league) has to invest in more two-man development in the minor leagues. On-the-job-training at this level is not satisfactory, there has to be more two-man officiating well before the young officials get to the NHL. I am also waiting for the announcement soon that Bill McCreary will be asked to delay his retirement for at least one more year.
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
In his early days, the legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour got so mad at him, his false teeth fell out.
“I went over to the bench to face the man, and he started to say ‘Jesus Christ,’ and as he’s saying it, the spit comes out of his mouth and lands on my face. Then his teeth flew out. He caught them just before they fell. I said to Al, ‘If you’re going to be spitting at me, I can’t be talking to you.’ “
Unfortunately, the league said nothing about disciplining referees Paul Devorski and Ian Walsh for their gross mistake of giving Wisniewski only a two-minute minor penalty for charging Seabrook.
Maybe this will keep Devorski and Walsh from working the playoffs. We can only hope.
Devorski and Walsh also failed to penalize Corey Perry late in Wednesday’s game for that shove to Brent Sopel’s back that helped lead to the Ducks’ winning goal.
-Tim Sasson of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-HYerald.
NHL referee Brad Watson sits down with Heidi Androl to discuss the adjustments on-ice officials need to make while working the Olympic Games.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),
Before next season begins, the National Hockey League wants to crack down on headshots that leave unsuspecting players exposed to serious injury, commissioner Gary Bettman says.
“We want to develop a standard that is clear; that the players know what to expect; that the officials know exactly what to call,” Mr. Bettman said in a telephone interview yesterday.
According to Mr. Bettman, an NHL game averages 40 to 42 hits, or roughly 50,000 total in the regular season. He believes egregious headshots amount to about a dozen over the course of an entire season. The challenge, he says, is to develop a standard in order to impose discipline – without fundamentally changing the physical aspect of the game.
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
What he wasn’t happy with were some of the calls that went against his club, including a high-sticking penalty on Simon Gagne, wiping out a Mike Richards goal that would have made it a 2-0 game in the first period.
“Going back and looking at that game, there are just too many penalties that never happened,” said the head coach. “On that play in particular, Simon Gagne didn’t high stick anybody. So, it turns around and goes the other way.
“Scott Hartnell did not, in my opinion, interfere with the goaltender (at 7:44 of the first period). I don’t know if it’s a reputation from the past, but you know we want to play tough, physical…we don’t need to go to the box. But, we’re still going there, and our players aren’t taking penalties.”
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Best job in the country last week? Unquestionably, it had to be a Vancouver sports radio host.
Stephane Auger and Alain Vigneault (who was accused of putting Darcy Hordichuk and Alex Bolduc out to fight in a Jan. 13 game against Minnesota) were acquitted in separate incidents by the NHL, because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict.
There was no trouble filling airtime. For all the talk, however, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. For me, the biggest: How can the NHL make sure this doesn’t happen again?
The easy answer: Put microphones on the zebras and record all conversations.
This has been considered before.
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