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Ref gets taken out by a pane of glass.
Legendary NHL referee Kerry Fraser was vacationing with his family at the Marriott’s Surf Club on Palm Beach in Aruba when KTW caught up with him.
While some tourists outside were wearing hats to shield their hair from the wind — which was gusting at about 50 km/h — Fraser was doing nothing of the sort.
“There’s a strong, warm breeze in the trade winds and my hair still doesn’t move,” said Fraser….
KTW had a 10-question survey of its own for Fraser:
Lippiest player — “Without question, Bernie Federko, the old Saskatoon Blade. His own guys used to tell him to shut up. We had back-to-back games together and, on the second night, before puck drop, he was already swearing at me. I said, ‘At least let me drop the puck’. He said, ‘Ah, f—- off and drop the f———puck.’”
Kerry Fraser of TSN responds to numerous questions from readers regarding the penalty shot…
Before I deal with the specifics of each penalty shot infraction you listed, I need to address the second question asked as to changes in what constitutes a penalty shot. The general philosophy or purpose of the penalty shot has not changed over the years, which is to “restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul committed by the offending team” under specific situations.
That being said however, in a desire to increase scoring and capitalize on the fan excitement associated with a penalty shot, the NHL relaxed the criteria and conditions in the rules a few years ago under which a penalty shot would be assessed.
In doing so, it became obvious to every referee that the league wanted more penalty shots to be assessed. As a result, it is unfair to fault the referees for assessing what might have previously been deemed weak calls. Let me explain the changes and you will perhaps understand why more penalty shots are being assessed as a result.
from Tom Hawthorn at the Globe and Mail,
He once ejected nine players from a game for fighting.
The most notorious incident in Gregg Madill’s career came at the end of a game at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan on Dec. 23, 1979. After the final whistle, players from both teams milled on the ice in a scrum that grew more heated as players argued. A fan then reached over the glass surrounding the rink to sock Boston’s Stan Jonathan in the nose, drawing blood.
The Bruins, skates still on their feet, climbed the glass to fight with the fans. Mike Milbury wrestled one fan over a row of seats, ripping a shoe off his feet before beating him with it.
As police broke up the battle in the stands, Rangers captain Dave Maloney had a heated argument on the ice with Madill before smashing his stick on the ice. The ref assessed him a game misconduct even though the match had long since ended. Later, Maloney complained to reporters that Madill had sworn at him and accused New York’s Swedish players of deliberately falling down so as to incur penalties on their opponents, an unsportsmanlike behaviour known as diving.
Referee Stephen Walcom on Kimmo Timonen of the Flyers.
Walcom received two for ....
from Darrell Davis of the Globe and Mail,
NHL referee Mike Hasenfratz is going to work a regular-season game in Canada this weekend for the first time in two years, quite an accomplishment considering he could have died in the interim.
“It’s the same thing that killed John Ritter,” said Hasenfratz, a 45-year-old official from Regina who joined the NHL’s staff in 2000. “When the doctors told me what I had, they asked me, ‘How did you know about this? We usually find out about it when we’re doing an autopsy.’”
Ritter, an actor best known for TV roles on Three’s Company and 8 Simple Rules … for Dating my Teenage Daughter, died unexpectedly of a heart affliction called aortic dissection in 2003. A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed against his doctors five years later; it was dismissed.
Hasenfratz, who has lived in Nashville for the past 11 years, is slated to be an on-ice official for a Winnipeg Jets home game on Saturday. He’s already worked about a dozen regular-season contests, including a welcome-back moment during his first assignment when he was smashed between Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Dallas Stars forward Jake Dowell.
You may want to put this in your hockey memory bank for future use…
Kerry Fraser of TSN answered a question that stumped a few readers…
In Calgary vs. Colorado on November 6, 2011, a penalty was to be called against Calgary with about 15 seconds on the clock but Calgary never touched the puck and the whistle was blown. Even the commetator stated that the rule states Calgary had to touch the puck but they didn’t how could that be a stoppage of play. The penalty was fair to call but without touching the puck how could the stoppage in play happen?
While the commentator would be correct to state play is normally stopped when the offending team touches the puck during a delayed penalty, Rule 72 - Refusing to Play the Puck - takes precedent in all cases.
(72.5 Penalty - When the Referee signals the delayed calling of a penalty to one team and a player of that team intentionally abstains from playing the puck in order to allow additional time to expire on the game or penalty time clocks, the Referee shall stop the play and order the resulting face-off at one of the face-off spots in the offending team’s defending zone.)
From Kerry Fraser’s mailbag at TSN:
With all due respect to my colleagues in the other major sports the game of hockey is the most difficult to officiate in of all sport. Movement in an athletic shoe on firm turf, field or hardwood is much more natural than skating on a thin skate blade on ice. The very first physical requirement of the job, Greg, is that of superior skating ability. This encompasses balance, agility, mobility, foot speed forward and backwards to place yourself in the very best possible position on the ice to see play and make the best possible judgment. This skill set is a must to also avoid player and puck contact in the confined 200 x 85 foot ice surface so as to not interfere with the game flow and to provide for personal safety.
Another physical requirement beyond athleticism is what you alluded to (LOL) relative to “donuts in the dugout” which implies that a high level of physical conditioning is a must. The NHL Officiating Department, under the direction of David T. Smith, Director of Medical and Fitness sets high personal standards that each official must maintain.
read on for more on the rigors of being a NHL official
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The area of inconsistency undermining the NHL isn’t supplementary discipline as applied by VP Brendan Shanahan, but rather initial discipline as determined by the league’s referees.
Seriously, one night Ryan Callahan is called for goaltender interference on the Island for kind of brushing against Evgeni Nabokov on a play going nowhere, but a few nights later nothing is called against the Penguins’ Matt Cooke in Winnipeg for knocking aside Ondrej Pavelec while a goal is being scored by Zbynek Michalek.
What’s the standard?
One night, Brandon Prust is called for boarding in Vancouver for having the Canucks’ Andrew Alberts fall down into him while finishing a check at the slightest touch.
But a couple of nights later, Cory Sarich gets away scot-free in Calgary for nailing Brad Richards from behind in front of the Rangers’ bench—not far, coincidentally, from the spot on the ice where Curtis Glencross concussed Chris Drury a couple of years ago.
What’s the standard?
The game continues to get faster. The NHL’s referees have not kept up.
From John A. Torres in Florida Today.com:
It was 1971 in Richmond, Va., when then 35-year-old Eastern Hockey League linesman Jim Galluzzi locked his arms around Dave Schultz and dragged him down to the ice.
Schultz was a 23-year-old whose future as a star left wing and brawler with Philadelphia’s notorious “Broad Street Bullies” was still before him.
“Come on, Schultzie. I’m getting too old for this stuff,” Galluzzi pleaded as he broke up the hockey fight. “Break it off.”
Little did Galluzzi know he’d still be skating well into his 60s and officiating professional hockey games into his mid-70s.
“I guess I’ll keep doing it until they put me in a box,” laughed the 75-year-old who heads the NHL’s off-ice officials for every Tampa Bay Lightning home game.
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