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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.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Last week, the NHL announced its new rules for 2014-15. But, there is another project of interest beginning this season, what Senior Vice-President Mike Murphy calls “strictly an internal audit” of both goalie interference and missed offside calls.
Let’s call it “Shadow Replay.”
In its downtown-Toronto replay hub, the league will “build a file of goalie interference,” as Murphy says. Right now, it is too subjective.
“At the end of the week, we’re going to review… to establish criteria internally of what is and what isn’t goalie interference. Then we’re going to report that to the general managers and say, ‘This is what we’ve found.’ We’re trying to discover if it is realistic to have a coach’s challenge for this. It would be a mistake to do it at this point in time.”
The staff will look at collisions in the blue ice, in the white ice, everything it can to try and narrow it down. But Murphy stresses this will not go back to the “toe in the crease days” of 1999, where goals were being disallowed for ludicrous reasons. The desire is to see if “incidental contact” and “interference” can be strictly defined.
continued plus 30 Thoughts...
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
We speak here of the small but numerous rule changes made late Thursday. You can look at these changes — which are probably still happening a little too often for the good of any game — in a positive light, which is probably the way they were intended, or you can view them with a more cynical disposition.
Take, for instance, the changes on diving infractions. A player will now be fined $2,000 for his second infraction and $3,000 for the next one until a maximum is reached of $5,000 per dive. Getting this blight out of the game is a noble endeavour. It has become a total stain on soccer and hockey was beginning to get into that arena, at least with some players. But the cynic will clearly ask how any official can be certain a player is diving. For starters, some of these guys are great at what they do, and even in watching some of the alleged examples of diving that TSN showed to illustrate the problem, you couldn’t be dead certain something was a dive or simply a player getting his feet tangled up as he tried to turn.
And an official will have to determine this on the fly, sometimes from as far way as 50 feet or more.
The result of this will likely mean fewer whistles by officials unwilling to saddle players with fines when they’re not absolutely certain of their call.
read on plus a look at some of the other rule changes...
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The NHL announced several rule changes Thursday that will take effect this season, most significantly the expansion of video review "to allow broader discretion to Hockey Operations to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g., to ensure they are 'good hockey goals')," the NHL said in a statement.
"The revised Rule will allow Hockey Operations to correct a broader array of situations where video review clearly establishes that a "goal" or "no goal" call on the ice has been made in error. The new expanded rule will also allow Hockey Operations to provide guidance to referees on goal and potential goal plays where the referee has blown his whistle (or intended to blow his whistle) after having lost sight of the puck."
The league also said that in reviewing goals that have been kicked into the net, Hockey Operations will require more demonstrable video evidence of a "distinct kicking motion" in order to overrule a "goal call" on the ice, or to uphold a "no-goal call" on the ice.
continue for more discussion on additional rule changes...
The NHL Officials at their training camp in Collingwood, Ont....
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
Frank Udvari was an NHL referee in the 1950s and ’60s who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. According to Josh Brown of the Waterloo Region Record, Udvari passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday.
Udvari is perhaps best known for being the referee in charge of the infamous game that eventually led to the Richard Riots in Montreal. On March 13, 1955, the Montreal Canadiens played the rival Boston Bruins on the road. During play, Bruins defenseman Hal Laycoe caught Richard with a high-stick by the eye and Udvari put his arm in the air to call a penalty.
But Richard was ready to take the situation into his own hands.
“I told him, ‘I got it, Rock. I got it,’ ” Udvari said when he recalled the incident years later.
Of course, that didn’t stop The Rocket.
“On the ice, if I made a mistake, I admitted it. And I think that we have to find a better way. I’m really concerned with some of the high hits, the dangerous plays. As the NHL is trying to sort through it and come up with a solution, I think they could be a little more diligent. And I think from an officiating perspective, they can get better as well.”
-Kerry Fraser, retired NHL referee. More on and from Fraser from Leith Dunick of the Thunder Bay NewsWatch...
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