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The NHL On Wes McCauley’s Call

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

I was curious the morning after if the NHL would share everyone else's enthusiasm with McCauley's emotional call, complete with his "put up your dukes" gesture. I mean, the days of NHL on-ice officials showing a lot of flair or personality or individualism appear to be long gone. No one is suggesting the guys in stripes should become the show, but there's no reason they can't genuinely contribute to it either.

So it was gratifying to hear NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom say he had no issue with it, since McCauley's call was an accurate and true reflection of who he is and how he officiates a game. He has a passion and a feel for it; that's who Wes McCauley is.

More importantly, at least in terms of the "put up your dukes" fight signal, McCauley was actually following a directive from his superior.

"I loved that part because I used to do that and I've been telling the guys if they're signalling a fight, use it," Walkom said. "The funny thing is there has never been an actual signal for fighting in the NHL. We have always had an official signal for every other infraction but we have never had one for fighting.


If you haven't seen it, you can watch McCauley's call below...

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Have You Noticed Linesmen Stepping In To Break Up A Fight Before It Starts?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

With 17 seconds left in regulation on Tuesday, Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell and Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith traded stick swings before taking off their gloves and squaring to fight.

That's when linesman Scott Driscoll stepped in to pull the two players apart, drawing boos from the crowd and curious expressions from the players.

"It's too bad the refs went in there," said Hartnell, who was trying to get Smith to answer for a blow to the head of Jackets forward Josh Anderson late in the second period. "I really wanted a piece of him."

Scenes like this have played out across the NHL this season. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he's been told of a directive from the league to officials "that if they can stop the fight, stop the fight."

"The way I look at it, I think it has to do with concussions and all the talk about that, the scrutiny on it," Tortorella said. "That's just speculation on my part, but I know I've been told one time, when I asked, 'Why don't you just let them fight?' ...; they've been directed a little bit to stop that."

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, in an email exchange with The Dispatch, said there has been no directive to the league's linesmen, that they've always been "instructed to pre-empt fights if they can do it safely."

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Video- You Make The Call

Recent tweets from Elliotte Friedman covers the bases on this call...



Sorry for the lack of posts the last two days, was feelig ill but feeling much better now.

added 10:21pm, Below is the NHL explanation and a longer video...

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On The Road With NHL Linesman Greg Devorski

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

There are no line changes for officials -- they are on the ice 60 minutes, or longer, per game - which is why their pregame preparation is as important as what they do once the puck drops.

On most game days, Devorski follows a set routine.

He'll usually choose a later flight the night before, check into his hotel room and go to sleep. Then he'll have breakfast, often with the officials who will also be working that night's game, and work out for up to an hour.

"Nothing hard, just to wake the body up," the 6-foot-4 Devorski said. "Always lots of stretching."

He gets together with the other officials for lunch to discuss the upcoming game and go over their homework.

"Things like personnel, what happened last time they played," he said. "We like to keep our minds refreshed about the circumstances of any game."

Minds fresh and bodies in shape -- the days of pasta and beef for lunch are long gone for Devorski and many of his colleagues.


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Booing The Refs

from Scott Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

When you hear the "Ref-you-suck" chant in an arena around the National Hockey League, you know it’s not going well for the home team. Winnipeg Jets supporters are no different than the rest in that regard.

The different fan bases are saying the same thing — so am I to believe refereeing is a league-wide problem? Each city has conspiracy theorists sure "that was a penalty" against their team.

I cringe when I hear the anti-referee chant. There’s the tiniest of chances of getting a call in your team’s favour because of it. Referees are human. There may be a weak-minded one in their midst, but to get to the NHL they’ve survived a lot of tough tests.

My fear is there might be a pushback at the fans.

At the same time, I respect those fans are paying big dollars to be entertained and can do what they want (within reason) to enhance the value of their experience.


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Video- Sometimes A Headline Puts A Different Thought In Your Head

via Sportsnet YouTub page,

Headline- Linesman Lonnie Cameron takes dump in off side of the head

Summary- Watch as Lonnie Cameron takes a dump in off the side of the head.

Thankfully, it appears Cameron will by just fine.


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Tim Peel Is At Home In St. Louis

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,

Peel works 74 regular-season games per season, plus the playoffs, requiring him to be on the road 200 nights a year. The grind is especially difficult now with a wife, Tesha, whom he met in St. Louis 10 years ago, and two children — son Bronson (4) and daughter Brielle (3).

“I have a tremendous wife at home who basically raises our children,” he said.

Peel, however, wouldn’t change a thing. His job has allowed him to work an NHL All-Star Game, the Sochi Olympics and the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in 2009.

“Everything I have is because of the National Hockey League,” he said. “I’m very grateful and in debt to them.”

Peel is even more grateful after receiving a call from Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, asking him to officiate the Winter Classic contest at Busch Stadium.

“We don’t request any games, but I’m sure he knew in the back of his mind that it would be very special for me,” he said. “It’s obviously a very special call to get. This is going to rank right up there as one of the highlights of my career for sure.”


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The Perfect Time For Some Changes

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The timing is perfect for the NHL to declare a Centennial project to give the game back to the fans.

What we’ve witnessed in the last few days alone screams for it to happen.

The freeze-frame for it all came in an Edmonton Oilers game against the Coyotes in Arizona Wednesday evening.

The TV cameras caught it perfectly. The referee stood six feet away watching Connor McDavid get mauled and hauled down. I mean, the ref was positioned like an umpire for a play at the plate. It was, at minimum, interference but qualified as several other infractions. No call. And he was captured staring right at it and standing right over it.

It’s been happening all season. Clutching and grabbing, and hacking and whacking is back, and it’s escalated the last couple of weeks. It was especially visible in the last two games involving Chris Lee as referee. Teams are going to do whatever they have to do to stop the young talents like McDavid. Right now, they’ve settled into mostly hacking and whacking away at will.

Fans made it more than obvious what they wanted to watch back before this season began when the U-23 Team North America collection of young stars put on such a wonderful show at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

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Video- Scouting For On-Ice Officials

via the Boston Bruins,

Officiating Director Al Kimmel explains how the NHL scouts future referees and linesmen throughout the minor leagues.


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Afternoon Line- NHL Referee Wes McCauley

"I pinch myself that I still get to skate around. Every year there's a new generation of kids coming in, and it's amazing how skill and how good the game is because they are getting better and better every year. It's neat because I'm a pretty lucky guy. I do my best to try and stay out of the highlights."

-NHL referee Wes McCauley.  Blake Sebring of the News-Sentinel has much more on and from McCauley.

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