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Director Of Officiating Terry Gregson Discusses Goalie Interference

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

While there is no official change to the goaltender interference rule, there is, however, a distinct change in inteference calls among skaters.

Players, particularly defencemen, have been left shaking their heads, trying to adapt to a new standard where they can’t get in the way of attacking forwards when they chip the puck behind them. On top of that, referees are also cracking down on players who are perceived to be “diving” in order to draw a penalty.

Gregson says that officials made a conscious decision in the summer to change the standard on both fronts.

“Officials need to be better at reacting to the play where there is a foul and then the player who is fouled embellishes. They were told at (summer) camp that we have to be stronger in the enforcement of this call.”

Senators players figure it will take some time for both them and the referees to figure out exactly how much interference will be tolerated. Alfredsson acknowledges the new rules make it tougher for defencemen to defend, but as time passes, he says players will discover the fine line between what’s fair and what’s a foul.

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referees are also cracking down on players who are perceived to be “diving” in order to draw a penalty

That’s rich.  I’ve watched close to 2 dozen games so far this year and have seen several blatant dives, yet not a single diving call.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/04/13 at 08:07 PM ET

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Why not get rid of the goal crease. Its not like the officials are paying attention to it anyways. If a goalie gets bumped if he is 2 feet or more outside of the crease, it appears it is going to be called. I understand if he gets bumped inside the crease, but if he is outside and its going to get called anyways despite the position player gaining position, what is the point? If the crease is not going to mean anything, outside of athletics, why keep it if it doesn’t serve a propose.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 02/05/13 at 12:45 AM ET

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