Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/24/07 at 02:18 PM ET
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
A consistent set of rules is great, but does it mean taking the “feel of the game” element out of officiating? And is that best? A penalty may be a penalty, but what about a situation such as when the referee momentarily loses sight of the puck near the goalie? Would a “feel” ref, who might wait to see if the puck still is moving before blowing his whistle, mean the difference in a game or possibly a series?
And what about a series that is teetering on the brink of chaos? Wouldn’t it be better to call things a little tighter early so the players get in line and don’t turn that inch they’re given into a mile?
Not an issue, Walkom says. There is no longer such a thing as the game being called tightly or loosely. It’s called by the rules. At least that’s the hope. Walkom admits it doesn’t always happen—and that’s another good reason, he says, for moving officials around.
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