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Ken Hitchcock Not Happy With The Refs After A 4-2 Loss To The Vancouver Canucks

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from Edmonton Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock, his brilliant rip on the referees after Edmonton’s 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks that saw the Canucks get five power plays, the Oilers just one, and Connor McDavid no end of hooks, holds and slashes.

In the media scrum, Postmedia’s Rob Tychkowski asked Hitchcock what the coach thought of the penalty calls: “I’m not going to comment on the penalties,” Hitchcock said, “but the stuff that really bothers me is what is happening to Connor, and that really bothers me because we’re a league that is supposed to showcase our top players, and you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but the tug of war on him was absolutely ridiculous today.

“And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you. Because I can see the whackin’ and hackin’ going on when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed. And if that’s what we want, well, that’s fine. But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

“He’s not allowed to play give-and-go. It’s give-and-hold. So we’re going to have to figure out a way to fight through it. We’ll just play toughness with him and figure it out from there.”


Below, watch Hitchcock in his post-game media scrum, the McDavid talk starts at the 1:00 mark.

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TreKronor's avatar

I really hate to see any player get treated differently than the other (speaking of McDavid).  I am a little disappointed that Hitch thinks the refs should be calling more holds/slashes/grabs against him. 

Should each team designate a “star” player who should be getting preferential treatment each night?  I mean, come on.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/17/18 at 10:54 AM ET


Sounds like he’s working the refs and trying to intimidate the opposition.

I’m not sure how adding Lucic or Kassian, or Khaira, to the top line complements
McDavid’s speed game or helps him work the give and go. Unless his plan to have Lucic randomly attack
an opponent away from the puck until opponents agree not to check McDavid anymore or the refs think it best to call a penalty on anyone who gets close enough to make contact.

But it wouldn’t shock me to see a few more hooks, holds, and slashes called Edmonton’s way
in the next little while.

Hitch has a point, even if it comes off a bit as special pleading.

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/18/18 at 01:57 AM ET

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