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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…
from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,
Perhaps Wednesday will go down as the day the NHL regained some control over the Stanley Cup playoffs and did it in the most logical manner – having the referees call penalties rather than “let the boys play.”
It was obvious that the refs were letting very little go in both the Penguins-Flyers and Rangers-Senators games. The result was often power plays that cost the offending teams and it sent a strong message that the NHL was trying to reclaim the tournament and dampen the brutal atmosphere that surrounded the opening games.
There were a whopping seven power play goals in the Penguins’ 10-3 whooping of the Flyers on Wednesday night, with Pittsburgh staying alive despite its inadequate goaltending so far in this round. The Flyers’ netminding, if you want to call it that, has been no better and the suspicions many (including us) had about both Marc-Andre Fleury and Ilya Bryzgalov now appear justified. In the Senators’ 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers, there were three power play goals. Out west, the Canucks got two PPGs in their 3-1 win over the Kings to stay alive in that series.
On TSN, Kerry Fraser recognized what was going on and praised the officials for taking control. In the NBC Sports Network studio, Mike Milbury grumbled that the refs were calling too much in the Battle of Pennsylvania game, and so did Ken Warren of The Ottawa Citizen, who was watching the Rangers-Sens tilt.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
* Noticeable by their absence in these playoffs are referees Don Vanmassenhoven, who’s 51 and has officiated 1,147 regular-season games and 101 playoff games, and Dave Jackson, 47, who has 1,194 league games and 66 playoff games on his resume. They didn’t get post-season work last year, either, usually a tip-off that their days as refs are winding down.
* I don’t suppose the Penguins want to hear this, but when the Flyers have jumped to 2-0 leads in their playoff series, they are a perfect 17-0 in their history.
* How many goals do you suppose Tampa Bay sniper Steve Stamkos would have scored if he hadn’t been playing the last while with a sore left shoulder? No structural damage in an MRI, but it’s the same shoulder he hurt in last spring’s playoffs, so hopefully he doesn’t get into labrum tear territory like so many NHLers. Stamkos has played 328 straight games, never missing any in his first four NHL seasons.
more hockey talk….
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Colin Campbell says he’s almost as upset as the Pittsburgh Penguins over a missed offside call that led to a goal in Wednesday’s playoff opener with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations acknowledges that linesman Tony Sericolo erred in not whistling the play dead prior to Danny Briere’s goal early in the second period.
via NHL Officials,
The NHL has announced the Officials selected for the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011-12:
Paul Devorski, Eric Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Tom Kowal, Steve Kozari, Mike Leggo, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland, Francois St-Laurent, Stephen Walkom, Ian Walsh and Brad Watson.
Derek Amell, Steve Barton, Dave Brisebois, Lonnie Cameron, Scott Cherrey, Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Brad Lazarowich, Steve Miller, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Derek Nansen, Tim Nowak, Pierre Racicot, Tony Sericolo, Jay Sharrers and Mark Wheler.
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