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More Video Reviews Needed

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hockey refs, sports writers, your boss—the moment they start to act like they never get one wrong is the moment you start to wonder about them. The thing about referees, however, is that you rarely meet one away from the rink.

Sure, they portray complete confidence under the spotlight of an NHL game. They have to. But away from the glare, they will admit to missing the odd call, and in fact receive weekly, morale-boosting video highlight packages from their boss, Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, “that reinforce the positives. What we’re doing right.”

Call it “Chicken Soup for National Hockey League Referees.”

Walkom follows that up with a video quiz at game speed, where the entire roster can have a run at a few of the tricky calls experienced over the past week by individual crews. “Our big thing is, we always get labeled as inconsistent,” Walkom says. “Well, how do you get consistent? You work at it.”

And, in the Year 2013, you get more video help.


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TreKronor's avatar

The balance is, you can’t stop the game every time a judgment is made.

And that’s where the NFL has taken it too far, with their games getting longer with more video review. 

Where is the happy medium?  Maybe with a ref whose sole job is to sit in the review booth at ice level and watch video, while being in constant communication with Toronto. 

That would be a huge change from current standards, though, and would take years to ease into implementation.  At least there is a lot of room for improvement.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/02/13 at 04:50 PM ET

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