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How To Improve Bad Officiating

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL is a reputation league, and refs also sometimes make flash judgments influenced by a player’s rep.

Best example: Dan O’Rourke calling Erik Karlsson a diver in a conversation with Ottawa coach Paul MacLean - nice work Rourkie.

At least MacLean has big brass ones and smashed the usual omerta by going public and ratting him out.

So in addition to having competence issues with certain refs - ie. Tim Peel, Stephane Auger and, most egregiously, Chris Lee - the NHL is dealing with complicated psychology.

There are no easy fixes to this, but there are a couple of things the NHL could do.


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TheFreak's avatar

Or they could just fire them.

Posted by TheFreak on 02/10/12 at 04:37 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

From the article.

First, they could be more transparent about ref discipline - the English Premier League issues lists of which refs and assistants have been dropped and why.

Pow. There it is right there; the thing I’ve been calling for and I think the most-important change they can make.

All-in-all fantastic article.  I don’t agree with every single point, but it’s a very good piece. I’d recommend reading the whole thing in this case.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/10/12 at 04:55 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

In this order….fine, suspend and fire. There is no reason an NHL official should not have some repercussions for a lousy or blown call. As it is now, there is no accountability.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 02/10/12 at 06:42 PM ET

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