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Vancouver Canucks’ forward Alexandre Burrows has been fined $2,500 following his derisive comments regarding referee Stephane Auger after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.
via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
I must say, Auger is not one of the more respected NHL officials, so more than a few people are willing to believe Burrows’ side of this story. But Burrows also has more than a tinge of agitation to his game, so he doesn’t get many breaks, either.
Here are the takes from two different sources at the rink today, none of them current Blue Jackets players.
One: “Good for Auger. That little rat bast*** Burrows got exactly what he deserved. That’s stuff used to happen all the time in the league, but player wouldn’t go whining about it in public. It just shows how little respect some of the new players have for that part of the game.”
Two: “That kind of stuff has been going on for years. I can’t believe he’d be so stupid to tell the player about it before the game, but I could see it. Because it’s Auger, I could see it.”
added 4:40pm, from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Alex Burrows, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell will have a hearing via conference call Tuesday afternoon as the league begins an investigation into the accusation one of its referees had a personal vendetta which spilled over into Monday’s Canucks game.
The hearing is scheduled to start after the Canucks finish their practice in Minnesota (scheduled for 3:30 PST).
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
This Alexandre Burrows-Stephane Auger situation is going to get messy. It’s the proverbial can of worms for everyone involved – the league, the NHL Officials’ Association, referee Auger, player Burrows and the entire Vancouver Canucks’ organization – and it’s a story that is not likely to go away any time soon.
If the events of last night unfolded as Burrows has alleged – and there is plenty of evidence, circumstantial and otherwise – to suggest they did more or less, then the NHL will have no choice but to take some form of disciplinary action against Auger, be it a reprimand, a fine, a suspension or an evaluation that could go into his file and cost him playoff games and/or money along the line or maybe even his job.
In case you missed the video evidence earlier today on KK, watch it here...
added 12:47pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell confirmed that a league investigation has begun, and a fellow referee said Tuesday morning that Auger will face serious questioning before being allowed back on the ice to work another game.
Reached in Vancouver Tuesday morning, Auger refused to comment to sportsnet.ca. Director of officiating Terry Gregson did not immediately return a text message requesting comment.
Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows did not hold back about what he felt were unjust penalty calls, ripping into NHL referee Stephane Auger after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night.
Burrows, who was called for diving in the second period and interference in the third, also received a 10-minute misconduct with seconds left in the game, and he was not shy his post-game interview.
“It was personal. It started in warmup, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “(Augers) came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the (Jerred) Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”
added 7:18am, You can judge the calls against Burrows last night…
added 8:31am, Watch below the post game comments from Burrows and others….
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
If Chris Rooney hears a fan at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Friday (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) call out, “Wicked bad call, ref,” he’ll feel right at home.
Rooney, from South Boston, was chosen to referee the game along with veteran Kerry Fraser. New Hampshire’s Brian Murphy will be one of the linesmen, along with Lyle Seitz.
The whole crew is looking forward to the game with great excitement. They know they’ll be part of a rare historical event and they’re soaking up every minute of the pre-game excitement. Thursday, they were asked by NHL ice guru Dan Craig to test the ice and gave him their evaluations.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There was a time, back when the National Hockey League was more of a mom and pop shop, when Bryan Murray, Cory Clouston and their Ottawa Senators would have paid a heavy price for coming out and questioning the integrity of the NHL’s officials.
“Back in the old days when we didn’t have TV?” began veteran referee Paul Devorski, “We could show up in Winnipeg, and if I really wanted to shove it up yer hoop, I could. Nowadays, you can’t call a phantom hook or you’re on the carpet the next day with (NHL director of officiating) Terry Gregson. If it becomes habitual, now you’re not working playoffs.”
So today, referees blow off the carping that came from Ottawa this week as more excuse-making by a GM, this time the Senators’ Murray. Clouston, his head coach, was cast in a rather embarrassing supporting role.
“It strikes me as something where (Murray) is not having as much success as he wants, so maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s our fault,” referee Mike Leggo said. “Take the blame off his players. Try and shift the focus, try and get the next break.”
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
I’ll be doing my notebook lead on the two penalties called on Derek Boogaard Saturday night in Vancouver. The Hockey Night in Canada folks apparently went after referee Brad Watson pretty good, and Watson certainly appeared to call Boogaard with “reputation” calls.
I don’t know if Boogaard really angered Watson, or perhaps the ref wanted to showboat for the loud Vancouver faithful, but it was beyond belief how animated Watson got after the two penalties he called on Boogaard. He vivaciously waved Boogaard to the box on both calls like the Boogeyman had just committed murder—one after Darcy Hordichuk twice punched Boogaard in the face and Boogaard retaliated for the lone call and once when Boogaard fell (he may have embellished, but he swears he slipped because he was on one skate when bumped) after the Canucks committed the definition of textbook interference (fencing off) at the blue line. I thought it was Willie Mitchell, but Boogaard says it was Kevin Bieksa.
Regardless, Todd Richards couldn’t use him again—not because of Boogaard, but because he didn’t trust Watson.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
Dave Jackson is used to getting booed and yelled at when he’s at work. It’s part of the job when you’re a referee in the National Hockey League.
“Yelling at the referee has always been part of the game in professional hockey,” Jackson said. “I don’t take exception to it.”
But Jackson does take exception to the verbal abuse he hears young referees taking in minor hockey. Jackson, who lives on the West Island, has been spending more time in local arenas since his NHL season came to a sudden end last month when he tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee during a game. And he doesn’t like what he has seen and heard from some hockey parents - especially at the lower levels - who take the games far too seriously.
“Sometimes kids (at the lower levels) just fall down and parents are yelling for a penalty to be called,” said Jackson, who has a teenage son who referees minor hockey. “A referee can take away the flow of the game by calling penalties that aren’t penalties.
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
We’ve touched on the importance of communication between referee and player and referee and coach, but perhaps the most important part of the communication game comes between the on-ice officials themselves.
Like the two foes they are out there to moderate, the four officials in a game are their own team. They’ve got each other’s backs, they constantly try to stay on the same page in terms of positioning and interpreting the flow of the game, and part of that is the preparation that comes in the dressing room before the puck drops.
Before each game, the officials have an informal meeting to discuss trends of the two teams, tendencies of some of the players and even their own positioning to make sure all areas of the ice are covered off.
Seven National Hockey League referees and six NHL linesmen were named on Thursday to work at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next February.
The referees are Paul Devorski, Mark Joannette, Dennis LaRue, Bill McCreary, Dan O’Halloran, Chris Rooney and Brad Watson. The linesmen include Shane Heyer, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Thor Nelson, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers.
“We had to look at experience and every other element to come up with the numbers we were told we could utilize,” NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson told NHL.com.
Gregson said the selection process involved more than just determining who was doing the best job this season.
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