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NHL Officials Feel Game 7 Pressure, Too

From Kerry Fraser at TSN:

There will be a third team on the ice as well. Their deep desire is to avoid becoming (or perceived as) a negative factor in the outcome of this game.  Added pressure will certainly be on them to achieve this objective given the events to this point in the series.  How they prepare themselves (& are prepared by Officiating/Hockey Ops) will go a long way to achieving a successful result in their performance.  I say with the utmost confidence that all of us hope the officials will be a non factor in this final game.  Let me share some thoughts on my preparation and occasional obstacles to overcome in memorable game 7’s that I worked.

Dealing with pressure is unique to every player and official; individual coping skills are developed along the way. Experience is often the best teacher when dealing with the internal combustion associated with the pressure of a Game 7.  Sometimes you even have to incubate yourself from everything just so you don’t crawl out of your skin prior to the game.

The first time that I was thrust into a Game 7 pressure cooker was in the Battle of Quebec in 1985.

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