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from the Telegraph,
Though there are penalties in ice hockey, for high-sticking, for holding and holding the stick, there are no penalties for body checking your opponents at full speed, into a wall. Indeed, that kind of behaviour is rapturously applauded by knowledgeable fans. Such fans will need no explanation of the finer points of the game. Which is just as well. This is a sport of speed, power and violence, played without the inconveniences of offside or touchlines or namby-pamby referees. Indeed, ice hockey referees may well be the least namby-pamby officials in the sports world, since four of them must not only share the ice with two teams of aggressive hulks, but sort out the game’s near obligatory brawl.
There was one of those last night, and highly entertaining it was too. The fight ended as an honourable draw, with one player from each side sitting out a five-minute penalty.
read on about the 2 games in London…
CanWest sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, NHL linesman Mike Cvik - all six foot nine of him - gets cornered.
CanWest: Describe a time when you got caught in the crossfire of a hockey fight.
Cvik: Well, Shawn Cronin jumped Ron Stern in Calgary and broke my nose.
I was trying to protect Stern. Cronin threw a punch across my shoulder and hit me. . . . I looked up and (former Calgary Flames trainer) Bearcat Murray was standing beside me. There was blood on my sweater. I looked at Stern and he wasn’t bleeding. Bearcat goes: “C’mon, kid. Your nose is broken. Let’s get out of here.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Changes to several NHL rules that go into effect for the new season fit right in with the league’s ongoing crackdown on interference and obstruction.
Penalty shots can now be awarded when a player with the puck is hauled down from the centre line on in rather than from the opposition’s blue-line as previously was the case.
The interference rule has been altered to allow for a major penalty and a game misconduct when an injury results.
The changes are beneficial for on-ice officials, says director of officiating Stephen Walkom.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
At least for part of the day Tuesday, the skate was on the other foot for the NHL officials at their training camp at the Beaver Valley Community Center. The officials spent part of the morning playing hockey as their peers worked on their refereeing skills in live-fire game situations.
“That’s the toughest game you will ref all year,” said Dan O’Rourke, one of the referees. “Guys just want to get their time done as the ref and go back to playing because the boys are all over you about everything.”
from the Toronto Sun,
The National Hockey League is sending all 30 teams a DVD to explain 2007-08 rule changes, along with a stern reminder to stay out of fights while sitting on the bench.
The four new standards are topped by a five-minute interference major at the referee’s discretion should an injury result from the action. There will also be a penalty shot awarded if a breakaway is tampered with in the neutral zone, as opposed to inside the blue line. But players and coaches new to the league need to be reminded about bench decorum said league hockey operations director Kris King.
“It’s not a major issue, but if there is a fight and you’re on the bench and give the guy on the other team a face wash, then it could escalate into something worse,” King said.
from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
Although the chances of a gambling scandal surfacing in hockey are probably much less than in basketball, the NHL is actively taking steps to further prevent the possibility of a Tim Donaghy situation from happening in its league.
The league has already sent a memo to the NHL Officials’ Association saying that it wants to meet to see what further steps might be needed to prevent an on-ice official from doing what Donaghy is alleged to have done, betting on his own sport’s games and passing information on to others who are involved in betting.
from the Windsor Star,
“The whistle is getting a rest, but the golf clubs are getting a real workout,” said O’Halloran, who is still a frequent visitor to his hometown.
“At least no one is hollering at me on the golf course. It’s a refreshing change for the summer.”
more on NHL ref Dan O’Halloran…
thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…
from the AP via Yahoo,
“There’s going to be an attempt to draft some type of rule about a hit directly to the head,” Ducks GM Brian Burke said. “My prediction is it’s going to be hard to draft it, but I think we owe it to our players to try.”
Added Sabres GM Darcy Regier: “For me, for our organization, I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
read on... plus others changes discussed but no resolutions…
added 7:11pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The league will almost certainly introduce a major penalty for interference (currently there is none on the books) to prevent another Tomas Kaberle-Cam Janssen sort of incident and will also ensure that all face-offs will occur at the nearest dot.
And while Nashville Predators’ general manager David Poile believes that bigger nets will eventually have to come, there was little support for that change in the here and now, according to the Minnesota Wild’s Doug Risebrough.
more on the head shots too…
Q. How much different does it make your decision or more difficult to suspend a key player in a Stanley Cup Final game even as opposed to the Pronger suspension last round?
COLIN CAMPBELL: Well, both rounds are difficult; you’re getting it close, but obviously the final round is a very difficult round to take any player out of, and there’s no prescribed or defined degree of change as far as the act to suspend players in the final round.
I suspended two players in the past. (Ville) Nieminen in the Calgary-Tampa Bay series for hitting (Vincent) Lecavalier and (Jiri) Fischer in the Detroit-Carolina series for a cross-check, each for one game.
It’s always difficult for everyone involved in hockey. We all know how precious it is to chase the Stanley Cup and to be at this point. And it’s a tough decision to make. We don’t take these things lightly at any time; we don’t take them lightly, but particularly now.
So it was hard. But on the other hand, a player did get knocked out. And that player may not be playing tomorrow night, too. We’re not sure.
The NHL has come down on the Ducks’ Chris Pronger for the second time in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The league has suspended Pronger for one game for a shot to the head Ottawa Senators’ Dean McAmmond during Game 3 on Saturday.
Pronger had a hearing with the NHL’s director of hockey operations Colin Campbell on Sunday.
“A variety of factors were considered in reaching this decision,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “Mr. Pronger used his forearm to deliver a forceful hit to the head of his opponent. Also, his actions caused injury to his opponent.”
added 2:58pm, The Ottawa Senators P.R. department put together some quotes from those involved on the Sens side…
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