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The Best Officials

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN responds to a rant about NHL officiating…

I honestly believe NHL refs are the best in pro sports. Yes they make mistakes, of course they do. They’re human. The game is 100 miles an hour. But when you compare the Big Four in North American sports, I’d take NHL officiating over the other three any day.

Are they?

Also, read more responses to the fans from Pierre…

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More Explanation Needed

from Jack Edwards of NESN,

We raised this issue to the NHL in 2008, face-to-face with commissioner Gary Bettman and then-head of officiating Stephen Walkom. We asked for more transparency in all aspects of officiating, especially in the explanation of hard-to-understand calls and video reviews. For the record, Ottawa and CBC announcer Dean Brown was one of very few to join us in this polite but forceful request.

The answer from the podium at the NHL broadcasting meetings was quick and clear: “No.”

How about just video review? What if the 30 regional sports networks combined to pay a pool reporter to staff the “war room” so he or she could relay information to the broadcasters, letting us know what they’re looking at? “No.”

So you’re telling us that NHL Network isn’t soon likely to have a programming counterpart to the NFL Network’s Official Review?

I guess not.


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NHL Referee Gord Dwyer Out With Facial Fractures

via NHL.com,

Referee Gord Dwyer is likely to miss several weeks after suffering facial fractures when he was hit by a puck during Wednesday night’s game at Columbus between the Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators.
The League said Thursday that Dwyer had several fractures of the orbital bone after taking a puck in the right side of the face during Nashville’s 4-3 shootout victory. He needed stitches but the League said he’s doing well and could be going home in a day or so.

Dwyer is expected to miss several weeks, but the League said there’s no indication of any long-term damage.

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Flyers Beat Writer Wants An Explanation

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Stree Bull,

Referee Ghislain Hebert has some ‘splainin’ to do, Lucy.

So does the NHL.

Hebert, in his first full season as an NHL referee, needs to be held accountable for the manner in which he made a call Friday, costing the Flyers a victory over visiting Calgary    

But don’t hold your breath.

continued and maybe Carchidi should listen to what Don Cherry said about the play by Pronger.  Don basically stated it was a play someone with the status of Pronger doesn’t make.

In case you were away and want to know what this is all about, you can go to this KK post from yesterday to see videos, explanations, etc.


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Morning Line

Never put anything into an email that you wouldn’t be fine with seeing in print on the front page of a national newspaper. If you’re a Bruins fan, you’re now forever justified in bitching that every call went against you because Colin Campbell hates Marc Savard. If you want your team to be treated favourably, acquire Greg Campbell, because Colin Campbell will watch all your games and bitch about bad calls. Also, it would appear that if you’re a GM and you’re not constantly filling Campbell’s ear in an attempt to get the refs you like you like, you aren’t doing your job.

Oh and one more - if you suspect that the NHL is run by bozos (in fairness to Walkom, I don’t think he comes off poorly in the emails, although he wasn’t found to be a particularly credible witness), Campbell’s emails aren’t going to do a lot to convince you otherwise. Funny stuff.

-Tyler Dellow of mc79hockey.  You will want to read more.

added 11:51am, Looks as if the website is having some issues, but as a KK member pointed out, you can see the cached page here (scroll down to read it).

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Evening Line

“In days gone by, you used to hit a guy just to separate the puck.  Now they hit to hurt. ... Even the cleanest check in the world, they’ll try and knock your head off. I don’t know if it’s lack of respect—I really can’t put my finger on what it actually is.

“The whole mindset of players has to change.”

-Ray Scapinello, retired NHL linesman.  More from Ray and retired referee Ron Hoggarth from the CP at The Hockey News.


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Trends Of The On-Ice Officials

from Peter Adler of The Cult of Hockey,

“Now, guys, these two linesmen won’t call icing if the puck as much as passes within 10 feet of your reach,” says the coach, opening the pre-game tactical meeting.

“Besides,” he adds, “don’t even think of raising your stick above your knees and bringing it as close as three feet to an opposing forward you’re chasing. You would be called for hooking.”

Impossible? Absolutely not.

Many in professional hockey have noticed that the NHL has resorted to more or less permanent foursomes of zebras. Whatever their reasons, economic, logistical, any other, that’s how it is. So, you can imagine a coach telling his forwards, “Don’t worry about slowing down when you’re getting close to the other team’s goal. These two won’t whistle you for goaltender interference if their lives depended on it.”


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Morning Line

‘Kerry, I’ve got a bonus in my contract for penalty minutes, I’m four minutes short, and the f—-ing coach never played me one shift tonight.’

“I said, ‘What did you say?’

“He said, ‘f—- off.’

“I said, ‘Say it like you mean it.’

“He said, ‘F—- OFF!!!!’ ”

“I said, ‘YOU GOT 10!!’ ”

“He said, ‘Thank you’ and he went up the hall, happy as a pig in sh—.”

-Retired NHL referee Kerry Fraser, talking about an incident with former NHL player Jim McKenzie.  You can read more about the book Fraser is promoting from Jason Kay of The Hockey News.

The Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes is available at Amazon (affiliate link).

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More Video Review?

from Scott Morrison of CBC,

Tradition or technology?

Which should we embrace?

It isn’t entirely the burning question in the NHL these days, but it is one of them and it is being kicked around a lot.

As most expected, with the addition of the new rule this season applying to blindside hits targeting the head there have been some growing pains, with officials either missing the hits entirely or seeing ones that didn’t exist….

It has been suggested the plays could be reviewed in Toronto, just a like a goal is reviewed, or perhaps a system could be implemented as with football or baseball, whereby an official can do the video review themselves at the rink.

Now, we are all for getting it right and enforcing the rules properly, but we have enough video review, thank you.


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Should Refs Meet The Media After A Game?

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Imagine it’s Saturday night. Before Hockey Night In Canada switches out West for the second game of the doubleheader, Elliotte Friedman signs off from the Air Canada Centre with a post-game interview with referees Francis Charron and Stephen Walkom.

The two on-ice officials have just botched a goaltender-interference call and allowed a controversial goal to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr. They are asked to explain their actions.

Would you, as a fan, feel better if the referees were permitted or encouraged by the NHL to explain what transpired during a contentious play? Maybe they didn’t see it. Maybe they simply messed up. But an explanation would help the fan understand.


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