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Kerry Fraser On The Officiating During The Playoffs

from CBS Pittsburgh,

“The Fan Morning Show” caught up with former NHL referee Kerry Fraser on Thursday to talk about some of these controversial plays. Kerry said that the officials acknowledge a difference between how they call things in the postseason as compared to the regular season, but that it can’t go too far.

“What concerns me, and I don’t blame the officials so much as the people that are responsible for coaching them, for holding them accountable,” said Fraser. “Going into the playoffs, they need to be told, ‘Listen guys, we’re not changing the rule books. We need you to call a standard.’ And they have to be held accountable throughout every game during the season, the players need to know what they can do and what they can’t do.”

“Consequently, there have been very loose standards and it’s called playoff hockey refereeing. It’s not acceptable.”

“There’s always a debate, what’s the difference between regular season and playoffs? Well, I think a rule is a rule and should be called from the start of the season to the very last game of the Stanley Cup Final. But that’s not the way it’s been. We’ve seen an awful lot of stuff that’s been let go.”

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DocF's avatar

Kerry Fraser is right.  The officiating in the playoffs is lousy.  He should know as he was one of the most incompetent referees in the history of the NHL.  He was more interested in keeping his hair in place than in calling the game correctly. 

The standard for the regular season leaves a lot to be desired.  The influence of the Evil Garden Gnome is all over how games are called.  No one can breathe garlic fumes on dear Cindy or a couple of his other faves.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 05/25/17 at 12:19 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I just have the hardest time reading anything Fraser writes, because he seems to have a double standard himself.

But anyways, playoff officiating tends to be looser, which I do enjoy.  I’m not sure I’ve seen a whole lot of double standard in the calls made solely during the playoffs, but it is definitely different than the regular season.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/25/17 at 02:22 PM ET

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