Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/01/06 at 09:53 AM ET
Don Koharski is doing what he loves to do this time of year - refereeing in the National Hockey League playoffs. We spoke with Koharski last Thursday, and talked to him about his feat, the new officiating standards and their impact on the playoffs. DN: Are too many penalties being called in the playoffs? DK: It's being called the same way it was for 82 regular season games. It's probably the most consistent we've been as a group, and we're not there yet. We never will be, because it's the hardest thing to do, but with the new standard, it's the most consistent I think we've been. And everybody knows going in it's the same way it was in the regular season. We're not treating it any differently. We've been instructed to stay within the standards and those that are not within the standards, they won't be asked to do any more games. It's just the product has been so good and so positive in general, (the league) doesn't want to lose it and they're putting a lot of emphasis on our shoulders to continue to do the same standards.read on
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