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Your Stanley Cup Playoff Officials

via NHL Officials,

The NHL has announced the Officials selected for the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011-12:


Paul Devorski, Eric Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Tom Kowal, Steve Kozari, Mike Leggo, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, Francois St-Laurent, Stephen Walkom, Ian Walsh and Brad Watson.


Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Dave Brisebois, Lonnie Cameron, Scott Cherrey, Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Brad Lazarowich, Steve Miller, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Derek Nansen, Tim Nowak, Pierre Racicot, Tony Sericolo, Jay Sharrers and Mark Wheler.

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Kerry Fraser Says Refs Must Be Consistent In The Playoffs

from Cathy Dobson of the Sarnia Observer,

“Right now, the game is very fast and it’s hard for young officials without the experience to keep up with the pace,” said Fraser, who retired a year ago as the most senior referee in the National Hockey League….

This season, Brendan Shanahan became the NHL’s head disciplinarian and set a new standard of supplementary discipline, but the officials have not been following through on the ice, charged Fraser.

“In the last three weeks of the regular season, there were three situations on the ice where minor penalties were assessed by referees that resulted in two three-game suspensions and one five-game suspension.

“There’s no equity in that,” he said.

During the playoffs, when emotions are running high, referees have to be particularly consistent so players aren’t confused and they understand what will be called.

“Otherwise, they’ll run the risk of committing the foul thinking they’ll probably get away with it, especially in the late stages of the game,” he said.

more on Kerry Fraser…

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The Official’s Room

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Intermission is a time to relax, rehydrate, collect your thoughts individually or as a team and review any situations that might have occurred in the previous period. This all takes place in the relative quiet of The Officials’ Man Cave!

Initial discussions will centre on specific game situations such as player tendencies (including diving!), player hostilities and provides an opportunity to formulate a game plan as how the team might handle future hot spots. Conversation of this nature occurs a few minutes at most. Intermission provides a time for a mental and emotional break.

Every NHL Official’s dressing room is equipped with basic comfort food (fresh fruit, bagels, sandwiches but no donuts!). The ACC in Toronto has the very best catered food in the league that borders on fine dining. Vancouver also does a fantastic job in the food department.  Beverages consist of your normal sports drinks designed to replace electrolytes, juice and in most locations a beer or two for after the game. Guys don’t eat much during intermissions other than fruit.

A digital clock/timing device linked to the official score clock provides the officials with accurate time remaining prior to their return to the ice in advance of the teams. The same device can be found in the team dressing rooms as well so there is no excuse for being late. If a team is not visible in the tunnel approaching the ice when the score clock hits 00:00 a bench minor penalty for delay of game is assessed.

A telephone is provided in every official’s dressing room. The phone is utilized on occasion when Hockey Ops calls to discuss an issue with the referees or even make suggestions how they would like something handled in the next period.


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Another Ref Called Out By Vancouver

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Move over, Stephane Auger, you’ve got company in the Vancouver Canucks’ refereeing doghouse.

Alain Vigneault met with reporters before Thursday night’s game in Dallas to provide an update on injured forward Daniel Sedin. And without actually naming referee Dan O’Halloran, the Canuck coach clearly indicated he wasn’t happy with the official’s work.

“We got a big two-minute power play off that hit from the same referee — remember last year when Daniel got punched six times in the face in the Boston series?” Vigneault said. “I seem to remember it was the same guy.”

That guy was O’Halloran, who made no call when Boston forward Brad Marchand used Daniel’s head as a punching bag in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final. On Wednesday night, O’Halloran gave Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith an elbowing minor for his hit to the head on Daniel in the first period of Vancouver’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks at the United Center.


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Linesman Dan Schachte Participated In His Last Game Tonight

Players from the Capitals and Blackhawks congratulate Schachte after the game tonight.

A little bio on Schachte, via NHL Officials,

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Video- Stephane Auger Gets Whacked With Stick Blade

Looks like the bottom of Andrew MacDonald’s blade caught Auger in the mouth area or right above it.

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The Game Is Always Changing

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Now that every NHL official carries a laptop wherever he goes during the season, he is subject to directives on what to do and what calls to emphasize, depending upon whatever whim happens to hit them at head office — whether it comes from the director of officiating, or from Colin Campbell or whomever wishes to send a missive. That often means as soon as the slightest mini-trend arises, the powers-that-be can reverse the perceived ill by sending out a memo to crack down on a particular trend they find alarming.

This may sound like a good thing but when it comes to planning a team, it makes life pretty difficult. When the league went to calling all the hooking, holding and interference anywhere on the ice, the Vancouver Canucks and some other teams committed to a speed team with a high skill level, with grit being one of the lesser considerations. This was going to be a new skill era. That was fine for about a year and a half — and that team got all the way to the Stanley Cup final — at which point the rules changed to suit the Boston Bruins, who just happened to be owned by . . . let’s not go there. We saw what happened.

The Canucks lost for lots of other reasons as well, so this isn’t to hometown whine, but certainly the interpretation of the rules in the final did not help the speed team, but rather the more physical Bruins.

read on

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Video- NHL Linesman McElman Takes A Puck To The Face

Andy McElman suffered facial injuries according NHL Tonight and will have a CT scan plus a visit from a facial surgeon.

Let’s hope for a full and speedy recovery.

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More Proof Clutching & Grabbing Is Back

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

It’s also becoming more common - seven seasons after the post-lockout crackdown on clutching and grabbing, defencemen can usually get away with rubbing out a forward when a puck is dumped in or chipped past them.

As someone who stands to benefit from this leniency, Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik makes an unlikely whistleblower.

But blow the whistle he has.

“(The NHL) didn’t tell us they were going to go easy on us (defencemen),” he told the Tribune-Review a few days ago. “But it’s pretty obvious that it has changed.”...

The tinfoil-hat types may see this as part of the grubby jostling that will characterize the CBA negotiations. It almost certainly isn’t, but just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean no one’s out to get you.

It’s beyond dispute that one traditional form of generating offence - the power-play - is on the wane.

The NHL has gotten worse with the man-advantage, the 30 teams collectively score just over 17 per cent of the time.

And the fact is, there are fewer and fewer power-plays being awarded in the NHL these days.


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How To Improve Bad Officiating

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL is a reputation league, and refs also sometimes make flash judgments influenced by a player’s rep.

Best example: Dan O’Rourke calling Erik Karlsson a diver in a conversation with Ottawa coach Paul MacLean - nice work Rourkie.

At least MacLean has big brass ones and smashed the usual omerta by going public and ratting him out.

So in addition to having competence issues with certain refs - ie. Tim Peel, Stephane Auger and, most egregiously, Chris Lee - the NHL is dealing with complicated psychology.

There are no easy fixes to this, but there are a couple of things the NHL could do.


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