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NEW YORK (June 6, 2010) – NHL Network will carry the broadcast premiere of Behind the Stripes: A Ref’s Life, the National Hockey League announced today. The 30-minute original documentary, produced by the NHL’s Officiating Department and NHL Network will debut on Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Behind the Stripes: A Ref’s Life, documents the personal journey of two NHL referees with a behind the scenes look at their profession. It’s a story about one referee who has realized his dream and the other who is chasing his. Veteran referee Bill McCreary and rookie Ghislain Hebert share their on and off ice experiences, challenges and accomplishments during the 2009-10 season.
After a hot shower and a few minutes to decompress, NHL referee Bill McCreary paid his form of highest compliment to this Game 3 overtime victory for the hometown Flyers.
“It was a man’s game,” said McCreary, who Wednesday night broke the all-time League record for most games officiated—43 and counting—in the Stanley Cup Final. “The players deserve the credit for the way they played. It was a tremendous hockey game.”
McCreary passed Hall of Famer Bill Chadwick to top a category that is the telling indicator for a professional hockey official.
“Officials are no different than players who work hard all year to make the last round of the playoffs,” McCreary said. “What stands out to me is that I have been selected for the Stanley Cup Final by four different officiating managers. I guess that means I have been consistent enough to break the record. I am very proud of it.”
via a Darren Dreger tweet,
S.Cup officials. Referees (4): McCreary, O’Halloran, Sutherland, Walkom. Linesmen (4):Devorski. G, Miller, Morin, Racicot.
from Bob Condor of NHL.com,
A professional hockey official like Marcus Vinnerborg knows his best games occur when he effectively goes unnoticed on the ice.
There is one exception, especially if you are Vinnerborg, who has worked in Sweden’s Elitserien, the country’s top professional league, since 2000. That’s if Terry Gregson, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officials, and his staff are watching you work.
On Thursday, Vinnerborg, 37, was announced as the first European-trained official to join the National Hockey League officiating staff next season. Vinnerborg will be assigned to the American Hockey League but over the course of the season it is expected that he will be assigned to work NHL regular-season games.
The NHL has eight referees and eight linesmen who will officiate the 2010 Conference Finals.
The referees are Paul Devorski, Bill McCreary Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson.
The linesman are Derek Amell, Greg Devorski, Shane Heyer, Steve Miller, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Pierre Racicot and Jay Sharrers
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
There was plenty of good reason for whining and moaning at Bell Centre Thursday night, and not by Sidney Crosby.
The Habs were screwed over big-time by the refs in the first period of what would become a stunning 3-2 victory over the Penguins. Up 1-0 on the softest goal given up by a netminder in these playoffs, Montreal held the lead for all of 53 seconds — until Ruslan Fedotenko’s tackle of P.K. Subban at the Penguins’ blue line allowed Max Talbot to make good on a breakaway.
“I knew Fedotenko would make a contribution at some point this spring,” mused one Pittsburgh writer.
A half-minute later, Hal Gill was sent off for holding, and with the Penguins on the power play, Crosby tripped Roman Hamrlik in the Habs’ zone.
from Dan Pollard of NHL Network at NHL.com,
Scotty Bowman used to practice line changes when he was coaching in Montreal. He considered it another part of his flow drills and just another game situation that should be worked on.
It may soon become part of the regular drill set for all NHL practices. As of Tuesday there were 25 “too many men on the ice” penalties in the playoffs and counting. At least that’s by my count. That’s a lot of brain cramps. Six were rung up in the first period of play, 10 in the second period, and seven in the third.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a media availability before Game 2 of the Canucks-Blackhawks series Monday night, although there was no formal announcement on his part. It was a just a chance for local media to have a crack at him, just like it was two weeks ago in Los Angeles.
Three items that caught our attention:
The officials: Bettman was also asked about the officiating in the playoffs—a sensitive topic judging from ESPN.com message boards—and whether the games are being called differently in the postseason.
“It’s not the case,” Bettman said. “They haven’t been given a different set of instructions. The game is played a little differently, and the officials have to react to that. And there are adjustments that go on in the course of a series that you don’t see over the course of the regular season, two teams will play and play different teams the next night.
“The games now are probably a little more intense. ... But no, they’re told to call it just the way they did [in the regular season]....
Bill McCreary and Paul Devorski, two of the NHL’s most senior referees, are among the 12 men picked to look over the on-ice action for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
McCreary, who refereed his first playoff game in 1987, is closing on 300 games of postseason experience, on top of the 1,599 regular-season games.
Devorski, who has been in charge of 1,188 regular-season games, has 166 games of playoff experience under his skates.
continue reading for all the refs and linesmen…
from Bob Condor of NHL.com,
When NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson talks to the 20 referees and 20 linesmen assigned to the first round of the playoffs, he frames each series as “a 21-plus-period hockey game” rather than what could potentially be seven individual games. The distinction is more than mathematical.
“The idea is to stay consistent during the entire series even as referees switch each game,” Gregson said. “We want coaches and players know what to expect from period to period.”...
Gregson has assigned “series managers” to each playoff matchup: Kevin Collins for Montreal-Washington, Don Koharski with Philadelphia-New Jersey, E.J. McGuire following Boston-Buffalo, Bob Hall on Ottawa-Pittsburgh, Kay Whitmore for Colorado-San Jose, Mick McGeough with Nashville-Chicago, Kris King following Los Angeles-Vancouver and Rob Shick on Detroit-Phoenix.
“I have a team of 40 officials, but they don’t all gather in one locker room,” said Gregson. “So I have eight coaches working with each group of four at the games.”
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