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Let The Boys Play

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is, in fact, as good a concept as the “Let the boys decide it” approach to officiating that apparently is again codified as league policy.

A referee who doesn’t want to decide the game by very definition is, in fact, deciding it. Everyone would agree on that.

Beyond that, why not allow the boys to decide it all the time? Why have referees on the ice at all? Especially if they’re not going to call Matt Martin for tripping the unfortunate Vincent Trochek or Tom Wilson for kneeing Conor Sheary or Kris Letang for going Paul Bunyon on Viktor Stalberg’s mouth?

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Either take the officials off the ice or call the game from start to finish.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/01/16 at 12:17 PM ET


Yeah!  Anything less than perfect execution 100% of the time or they shouldn’t bother!

Anyone out there feel comfortable enough in their jobs to have their employers adopt that?

How about you, Brooksy?  Do you want to be held to that standard?

What a joke of an article.

Posted by Garth on 05/01/16 at 03:01 PM ET


I actually agree. There is a rule book and supposedly there is a standard of officiating that is set throughout the season. It should be enforced in the playoffs. The team that is more physical and willing to slash/crosscheck/injure their opponents are at the advantage in the playoffs. And it’s ridiculous.

Posted by teldar on 05/01/16 at 06:21 PM ET

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