Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/29/06 at 09:58 AM ET
So Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean, a critic of National Hockey League referees, is joining the other side to officiate the second period of tonight's Buffalo Sabres-Pittsburgh Penguins exhibition game. "I think this is the time to bury the hatchet," said MacLean, who will work with Stephen Walkom, the NHL's director of officiating. The overture to MacLean was made by the league's vice-president and director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, who invited MacLean to the referees' training camp in Fort Erie, Ont., last week The bid to bring onside a critic of the new NHL was a slick move by Campbell, whose staff have been rankled by MacLean's complaints. During a Hockey Night media telephone conference call yesterday, MacLean said the referees at Fort Erie were in his face.more
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