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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Given the climate within the game that has evolved over the past number of seasons there is heightened awareness and sensitivity to player safety issues. Ongoing studies conducted by both NHL and independent medical experts provide scientific evidence and newfound knowledge that is slowly changing attitudes and redefining acceptable practices and behavior.
This is being addressed in part, with the addition of new rules relative to protective equipment. Last season visors became mandatory for any player with fewer than 25 games of NHL experience (rule 9.7). In addition, no player is allowed to remove his helmet prior to engaging in a fight. If he does so, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be assessed under rule 46.6.
You witnessed a continuation of the player safety theme on Tuesday night when Linesmen Scott Driscoll and Greg Devorski demonstrated their good judgment and quick response to intervene in an altercation before it escalated to full-blown fisticuffs.
more and you can watch the incident below...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Assuming the on-ice officials determined O'Reilly contacted the puck above the crossbar but below his shoulders the puck is eligible to be played by any player. We know that the puck did not enter the net directly off the stick of Ryan O'Reilly but instead glanced off Bruins goalie, Niklas Svedberg and then deflected into the net off the leg and skate of Dennis Everberg. Since there was no distinct kicking motion by Everberg, logic and common sense would indicate that this should be a good hockey goal.
Bill, this is where your question has exposed the contradiction!
Rule 80.3: When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed (This translates that the subsequent deflection of the puck off the leg and/or skate of Everberg should still result in no goal).
Only to be contradicted by Rule 78.4: If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed. The player who deflected the puck shall be credited with the goal...
more and watch the play below...
“I think the new rule is a little absurd. It's all a judgment call by the referee. How do you judge how guys are on their balance, how they’re on their skates? What if they’re on one foot and on their turn a guy gets pushed? Does that mean that he has embellished?
“The fact that guys are going to start getting fined for it, I don't agree with that. It’s all the discretion of the referee and you’ve got to try to play within the rules. We’re going to try to find that line, but at end of the day, it’s up to the referees with what they want to call, and you’ve got to live with it.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on the diving/embellisment rule. More from DJ Bean of WEEI.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The ref helmet cam is another piece of modern technology that provides a useful purpose within the game and I am pleased that it is being utilized. This camera shot not only enhances the television broadcast by taking the viewer directly onto the ice with sight and sound, but more specifically to gain a unique sightline on a play that is potentially shared by the referee. I offer the caveat "potentially" because while the helmet might be directed toward an area of the action it does not necessarily mean that the referee's eyes are 'lasered' into a specific location or segment of the play. Some of you might be rolling your eyes in disbelief at this suggestion but that is exactly what I'm talking about. Your head might not have moved as you rolled your eyes but I guarantee your focus of vision and attention most certainly would have changed.
A practical example how this might occur is during a scramble in the goal crease or as players crash the net. In this scenario the referee would drive toward the net along or preferably slightly ahead of the goal line from the corner to gain the best sightline on what might develop inside the crease. His various objectives would be to locate the puck and ascertain if it is playable; frozen; covered illegally by a defending player in the goal crease resulting in a penalty shot; goalkeeper interference or if another foul were to occur; and finally if the puck were to enter the net legally.
If you missed some of the video of the helmet cam in action, I did a post on it earlier today.
Now all we need is some play-by-play from the ref....
And another sample of rhe ref came below, this time on a waived-off goal which was overturned by Toronto...
from Paul Stewart at The Huffington Post,
Tonight is opening night of the NHL regular season. For some guys, it will be the long-awaited night they make their NHL debut. That wasn't the case for me. My personal "opening night" as an NHL player came on Thanksgiving of 1979. I made my NHL refereeing debut on March 27, 1986.
Every player, coach and referee who has ever appeared in the NHL has his own story to tell about his first game in the League. The tale of my first game reffing in the NHL is an unconventional one. That's par for the course with me. For whatever reason, nothing major in my life ever seems to happen the "normal" way.
Both my NHL playing and refereeing debuts were made in my hometown of Boston. That was a special kind of thrill.
After my playing days ended, I enrolled in Bruce Hood's referee training school in 1983. I worked my way up the ladder over over the next three years. The first NHL game I worked was in my hometown of Boston, but it wasn't a game I was assigned beforehand to referee.
Expanded video review capabilities under Rule 38 will allow a broader discretion to Hockey Operations to determine the legitimacy of all potential goals and can include forward motion of the puck toward the goal line during a penalty shot or shootout. The process should now provide more acceptable legal parameters for the shooter to operate under, pitted against the ability of the goalkeeper to defend.
-retired referee Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on the rule changes...
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The NHL’s track record with negotiating contracts with its players without locking them out over the past decade has been horrendous. Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case with its on-ice officials. There hasn’t been a work stoppage with referees and linesemen since Doughnut-gate with Don Koharski in 1988 and there will not be one this season.
When the league opens the season with four games tonight, it will do so with labor harmony with it’s on-ice officials. Not that there was ever any doubt. For the past couple of months the league has been negotiating with its officials for a new deal and the talks were cordial and in good faith on both sides. And with the league and NHL Officials’ Association on the verge of signing a five-year deal, it is on the cusp of being official.
Even if it is not done in time for tonight, there was never any thought the officials would withhold their services for the regular season. All of them showed up for training camp and worked the pre-season games, largely because most of the issues had been settled by then.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The NHL put GoPro cameras on the front of officials’ helmets to record that perspective twice last preseason (both in Toronto) and twice this preseason (in Buffalo and Detroit). It wasn’t for promotional purposes. It was for internal training.
The officials don’t like wearing the cameras – mounted with adhesive, blacked out with gaffer tape. But the cutting-edge footage is for education and improvement.
“You never really know what you’re going to get from it,” said Tom Masters, video manager, NHL officiating. “But hopefully there’s some teachable moments in there you can use going forward.”
via Renaud Lavoie tweets,
Pre-season games will start tomorrow with the regular on ice officials even if they don't have a new CBA yet.
The on ice officials have no intention to go on strike and as of right now they will be their for the start of the regular season.
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