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I Asked The Ref

Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn.ca.

Keep up the great work Kerry, always enjoy reading your posts at TSN.
Maybe you can use these questions, not game related but more on the officials.
Is there any talk among the officials between periods of play on the ice, meaning players to watch out for, the flow of the game, etc.?
Also, what happens after a game?  Are the officials contacted by the NHL regarding certain calls, review of the game, certain plays?
In general, the life of an on-ice official once they arrive at the rink until they board their next flight to a new city.
Paul Kukla - Kukla's Korner

Hi Paul:

Thank you for the shout-out and your general question that allows me to provide a dressing room full of insights presented in this lengthy column, which I hope you find both informative and interesting. I likewise enjoy reading the extensive material you assemble and update frequently on Kukla's Korner.

Let's begin by thinking back in time to an NHL that allowed the Officials to demonstrate their unique and individual personality even to the point of having their names on the back of their jerseys. The personalities that you saw on the ice were in most cases a glimpse of what you might expect from inside the officials' locker room. 


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Is Every Goal Reviewed?

Kerry Fraser of TSN answers a few questions regarding a Thomas Vanek goal on Saturday...

Every apparent goal is reviewed by a staff member in the Situation Room in Toronto, in addition to the Video Goal Judge on site and must be confirmed as a 'good goal' prior to the next puck drop. A final decision is rendered and then communicated by the Situation Room personnel to the penalty timekeeper at ice level to issue a 'thumbs up' to the referee at centre ice. This is the signal to the ref that a 'good goal' has been determined and he is allowed to drop the puck and resume play. A 'thumbs up' is not issued until there is concrete evidence that the puck entered the net.

The quick decision to confirm the tying goal credited to Thomas Vanek as opposed to placing the play under formal review however is somewhat confusing to us based on the broadcast replays that were offered.  A formal review provides additional time within the process to look at every available angle and confirm beyond even the slightest doubt that a valid goal was scored.  Replays shown by various camera angles on the Hockey Night Broadcast, in addition to postgame recap on NHL Game Center Live footage create reasonable suspicion (and even a pretty clear impression) that the puck went post to crossbar and straight down onto and ahead of the goal line without ever entering the net as you suggest...

more and watch the goal below...

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Video- No Goal Anaheim, Two Minutes For Goalie Interference

You will see Beleskey's stick touch the left leg/toe of the goalie, not sure if there was enough call a two minute penalty for goalie interference or even waive off the goal.

Your thoughts?

added 9:36pm, My mistake, the call was actually on Beleskey for interference on the dman. 


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Video- Do You See A Tripping Infraction?

Two minutes, tripping.


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Video- NHL Linesman Derek Amell A Recipient Of A Slew Foot

via Sportsnet,

Watch as linesman Derek Amell is hurt after taking a slew foot from a Colorado player.

Amell did miss some time but did return to finish the game.


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Video- David Poile And Dave Nonis Talk Goalie Interference And Video Review

from Sportsnet,

Elliotte Friedman sat down with David Poile and Dave Nonis to talk about what the general managers talk about at the GM Meetings, and what topics are peaking their interest at the moment.

It sounds to me the GMs still are not 100% behind video review...


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Refs Keeping An Eye On Brendan Gallagher

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. 

Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the Referee's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Even after committing the holding infraction against Braydon Coburn, Gallagher completed a theatrical dive with both skates into the net in an attempt to fool the referee(s) and as the puck went past Ray Emery. Good for referee Dan O'Rourke for being dialed in from the neutral zone to make the correct call. I can assure you it was no accident or lucky catch by O'Rouke. A refs' list of known offenders is nothing new and Gallagher is not the only Habs player to be drawing special attention from the ref's this season. No one likes to be embarrassed—Diving/embellishment is near the top every ref's list!

read on

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A Recap Of The Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductions

You can watch all the induction speeches at NHL.com.

Mike Modano

Peter Forsberg

Dominik Hasek

Rob Blake

Pat Burns Family

Bill McCreary

A recap of the inductions by Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

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Time For The Coach’s Challenge

from Stu Hackel at The Hockey News,

When the league’s GM’s meet on Tuesday, the Coach’s Challenge is supposedly an agenda item again, as it has been periodically since Florida GM Dale Tallon proposed it 2010.

But predicting what might happen is a fool’s errand. In the winter of 2013, it seemed the managers favored implementing a challenge but nothing came of it. Six months later, the GMs actually approved expanding video review to be sure all four-minute high sticking penalties were correctly called. Mysteriously, NHL Hockey Ops never implemented it.

Once upon a time, the NHL’s video remedies to get the call right was the sports industry standard. Now,they’ve fallen behind, the league having resisted any expansion, including the Coach’s Challenge. After last March’s manager’s meeting, Coyotes GM Don Maloney summarized a few of the reasons why. “We all have sat there through goals being reviewed and how long it takes,” Maloney said. “We’re really concerned about taking the game away from the on-ice officials and taking it up to big brother and having the game regulated from above, and nobody wants that, including big brother.”

more with numerous video examples of why there should be a coach's challenge...

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Bill McCreary, Hockey Hall Of Fame Referee

from the CP at TSN,

... On Monday he'll be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014 with Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Rob Blake and the late Pat Burns.

McCreary, who was elected in his first year of eligibility, will be the 16th official in the Hall of Fame.

"I think it has a lot to do with his performance on the ice as an official in the game over a real long period of time," NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom said in a phone interview. "I think in the modern era, Bill McCreary is synonymous with excellence in officiating. He's just one of the greatest officials that the NHL's ever had."

The Guelph, Ont., native said he refereed with two words in mind: fair and safe. They got him to seven straight Stanley Cup final series and eight overall under four different NHL management teams.

"The consistency part, that's what an official strives to be is consistent within himself," said McCreary, who's now a spokesman for Crown Royal's "Make the Right Call" campaign to promote responsible drinking and an off-ice officiating manager. "So I think that shows that that accomplishment was achieved."

Referees are often the first people on the ice to get booed before a game and receive the brunt of criticism from players, coaches and wrath from fans. Somehow, McCreary earned respect all around.


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