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via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler has been identified as an offender. While Kesler plays the game hard, he has been known to exaggerate contact to gain an advantage.
Chicago's Dan Carcillo has been caught on video on more than one occasion during his career trying to sell a penalty. Among his more noteworthy attempts was in a 2010 playoff game with the Philadelphia Flyers against the New Jersey Devils, where Carcillo pretended to have been struck in the face with a stick.
Superstars such as Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin have also drawn criticism for attempting to mislead referees, as he did in the playoffs last spring resulting in a penalty against Philadelphia's Matt Carle.
Everything from posting pictures of each culprit in every NHL dressing room to re-instituting a fine system, or simply tacking on an additional two-minute penalty to offset the original call is being discussed by hockey operations and will at some point be presented to all NHL general managers for further discussion.
“They want to get [the list] out there. They want the player to be caught, whether it’s on the ice by the referee or by us on video. They are all tired of diving. The object is to make them stop eventually and, by doing that, they can get it out there around the League, embarrass them. The referees will know it, too, so the divers don’t get the benefit of the doubt.”
-Colin Campbell on diving. More on the topic from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
— George Popalis (@SNGeorgePopalis) August 22, 2012
#NHL met today to discuss rules, namely obstruction. Looks like they’re going to tighten things up a bit for next season.
Yzerman doesn’t see a problem: “Game can’t live up to the standard it was seven years ago, you gotta allow players to compete 1-on-1”— George Popalis (@SNGeorgePopalis) August 22, 2012
Yzerman “systems have changed to combat a more wide open game, that prevents offense more than calling more penalties for interference— George Popalis (@SNGeorgePopalis) August 22, 2012
Overall feel is that level of calling infractions has slipped. Especially with consistency late in games, OT or playoffs.— George Popalis (@SNGeorgePopalis) August 22, 2012
Colin Campbell says the major area of concern in today’s meeting was hold-ups and interference on forechecking.— George Popalis (@SNGeorgePopalis) August 22, 2012
added 3:39pm, Watch below as Colin Campbell gives a media briefing after today’s meetings…
via Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal (paid subscription),
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received almost $8 million in salary and benefits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, according to the league’s most recent tax filing, up from a total compensation of $7.5 million the previous year.
added 9:50am, SBJ opened the link to all so you can continue reading if you desire…
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NEW YORK (June 28, 2012) – NHL referee Marcus Vinnerborg announced his retirement today, explaining that he and his family have decided to move back to their native country of Sweden.
“Two years ago I was given the opportunity by the NHL to live my dream of officiating professional hockey in North America. My family supported me and thoroughly enjoyed their experience living here,” said Vinnerborg. “It was a difficult choice, but we have decided as a family to move back to Sweden. I would like to thank Terry Gregson and the NHL for the incredible experience. I return to Europe a more educated official having had the opportunity to work with all of my colleagues and supervisors at the NHL.”
The first European-trained NHL official, Vinnerborg’s premier assignment saw the Dallas Stars play host to the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on Nov. 16, 2010. He refereed 40 total NHL games, calling his final contest on April 1, 2012, when the Ducks faced the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center.
“I’d like to thank Marcus for his service and willingness to come to North America,” said Terry Gregson, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating. “We wish him and his family the best as they return to Sweden.”
NEW YORK (June 15, 2012) – National Hockey League referee and Montreal native Stephane Auger announced his retirement today, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife and three children.
“After 13 exciting years as an official for the National Hockey League, I have made the difficult decision to retire from this position in order to take a more active role in the growth of my three young children,” said Auger. “Time away from home during their adolescent years has become more and more difficult each season. Being closer to home will enable me to help my wife, Josée, and allow me to be a more present dad.”
“I would like to thank the NHL for allowing me to realize a childhood dream. The League and its officials have provided me with many fantastic memories that I will forever cherish.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL will address the always controversial state of officiating - and the perception that standard of enforcement slipped during the 2011-12 season - at a special August summit meeting featuring representatives from the league’s general managers, coaches, players and officials.
According to Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, the summer get-together will replace the annual research and development camp, and will try to clarify exactly teams want the game called.
“In March, some teams said to us that they had an issue,” said Campbell Wednesday, after NHL general managers met prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. “They said, ‘We think the standard’s dropped.’ Well, the standard on what? Holding? Interference? If it’s interference, is it interference off the faceoff? Is it off the entry? Is it the forward? Is it the defenceman? You’ve got to tell us so we can tell the referees how to call it.”
Campbell said he invited all 30 NHL teams to submit examples of plays they had issue with. Only nine complied - and 85 per cent of the examples centred on interference on the fore-check, said Campbell.
The NHL has announced the Officials selected for the Stanley Cup Finals 2011-12:
Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Chris Rooney and Brad Watson.
Derek Amell, Jean Morin, Jonny Murray and Pierre Racicot.
via NHL Officials,
The NHL has announced the Officials selected for the third round of Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011-12:
Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland and Brad Watson.
Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Shane Heyer, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot and Jay Sharrers.
I’m a little late with this but I am sure some of you wanted to know…
Eric Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson.
Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Steve Miller, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot and Jay Sharrers.
If you want to see who was in the first round, check below…
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