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by Paul on 04/09/12 at 10:50 PM ET
from Cathy Dobson of the Sarnia Observer,
“Right now, the game is very fast and it’s hard for young officials without the experience to keep up with the pace,” said Fraser, who retired a year ago as the most senior referee in the National Hockey League….
This season, Brendan Shanahan became the NHL’s head disciplinarian and set a new standard of supplementary discipline, but the officials have not been following through on the ice, charged Fraser.
“In the last three weeks of the regular season, there were three situations on the ice where minor penalties were assessed by referees that resulted in two three-game suspensions and one five-game suspension.
“There’s no equity in that,” he said.
During the playoffs, when emotions are running high, referees have to be particularly consistent so players aren’t confused and they understand what will be called.
“Otherwise, they’ll run the risk of committing the foul thinking they’ll probably get away with it, especially in the late stages of the game,” he said.
more on Kerry Fraser…
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