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Let The Refs Review Some Of The Calls

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

In hockey they have the Video Review Room in Toronto, and they are hesitant to include a referee and off-ice monitor into the process. In baseball, basketball and football, the referees (or umpires) leave the playing surface and make the call themselves with the help of video. Each of those leagues is, in turn, studying the value of setting up a control centre like the one the NHL uses.

Speaking with the GMs here in Florida, the concern is having so many reviews that games take too long to play. Speaking with Devorski, who has ref’ed more games than any active player has played, he’ll tell you that there are instances in a lightning fast game where referees are forced to make calls they aren’t entirely confident about.

“Goaltender interference,” he said. “Getting it wrong, then looking back and it’s not goaltender interference. That would be the primary one. Maybe you do it for major penalties. Did a guy go in headfirst? Did he jump into the boards? What you don’t want is to give out a major, have them score three goals, and find out later that it was probably just a minor penalty call.”


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SYF's avatar

Yeah, good luck with that.  The NHL is so stuck in its inertia molasses.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 03/10/14 at 08:19 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Yeah, good luck with that.  The NHL is so stuck in its inertia molasses.

Posted by SYF

When did you write this post, 1979?

I’ve seen loads of your posts in the few months I’ve been visiting, SYF, and I can’t remember seeing anything I found “beyond the pale.”

But… is this sarcasm ??

“It’s being reviewed in Toronto,” is quite new.

“Shanahan’s office,” is quite new.

Do you sincerely think the NHL is hide-bound by tradition?

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/11/14 at 12:21 AM ET


Do you sincerely think the NHL is hide-bound by tradition?

Are you kidding?

Yes, the NHL has introduced video review and they’ve introduced a guy standing in front of a camera to explain a suspension.

Have they done anything since introducing video review to actually make it effective?  Have they done anything since introducing Shanahan’s videos to make sure that there is any consistency to the suspensions he’s explaining?

Have they done anything to deter headshots and consussions now that the issue has come to the forefront?

Have they done anything to open up the game on the crowded, too-small sheet of ice?  Maybe having new rinks built with the Olympic sized ice surface, in order to gradually change the game?

Have they done anything to increase goal-scoring, such as eliminating the Mack-truck-sized pads the goalies wear?

Have they done anything to fix the BS of having some games worth two points and some worth three?

Have they done anything to change the OT/SO structure, even though everyone seems to agree that they want fewer games to end in a shootout?

No, because fighting and headshots are part of the game.  No, because the NHL rink HAS to be one uniform size, even though it’s a pretty arbitrary size.  No, because having a three point game would mean that record for most points in a season would be broken.

Bah, who could ever think that the NHL is resistant to making actual, substantive changes that would make the on-ice product better.  They’re more interested in making sure that hockey never becomes anything more than a niche sport in America and making a deal that will make the on-air product worse in Canada.

Posted by Garth on 03/11/14 at 11:32 AM ET

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