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from the Welland Tribune,
Craig Spada is hanging up his Fox 40.
After serving as a referee in the National Hockey League for six years, the 35-year-old Fort Erie native has decided to call it a career.
Family and travel were the two reasons he decided to walk away. He missed the family and hated the travel.
“The first couple of years I enjoyed the travel, but having kids changed my thinking on it,” he said.
Dan Marouelli, in his 24th season, was not among the 12 referees selected to move on to the next round. This marks the second straight year that Marouelli has been dropped after the opening round.
Also dropped from the first round rotation was veteran Mick McGeough, who worked the Stanley Cup final last year, along with Eric Furlatt, Mike Hasenfratz, Mike Leggo, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Rourke and Tim Peel.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
A consistent set of rules is great, but does it mean taking the “feel of the game” element out of officiating? And is that best? A penalty may be a penalty, but what about a situation such as when the referee momentarily loses sight of the puck near the goalie? Would a “feel” ref, who might wait to see if the puck still is moving before blowing his whistle, mean the difference in a game or possibly a series?
And what about a series that is teetering on the brink of chaos? Wouldn’t it be better to call things a little tighter early so the players get in line and don’t turn that inch they’re given into a mile?
Not an issue, Walkom says. There is no longer such a thing as the game being called tightly or loosely. It’s called by the rules. At least that’s the hope. Walkom admits it doesn’t always happen—and that’s another good reason, he says, for moving officials around.
from Mark Moore of the Toronto Star,
Some people think violence occurs because hockey is an intense emotional game, but now is the time when the inaccuracy of such explanations is most clear.
At playoff time, games are all-important, team discipline is absolute and acting out frustration against the interests of the team is simply not tolerated. The violence we see, therefore, is largely a deliberate tactic.
From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,
I used to be convinced all sports fans really wanted from their officials was a fair shake. Now, after another round of zebra-related whining as it relates to the first round of the NHL playoffs, I think they’re only there to serve as a loser’s lame excuse.
In a sense, I identify with guys such as Bill McCreary, Don VanMassenhoven and Rob Shick. Because when you work at The Hockey News, or as a sports journalist in general, you tend to catch hell from all sides.
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