Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/18/06 at 12:26 PM ET
The National Hockey League keeps the 30 NHL franchises under the new jurisdiction, while the IIHF enforces low-tolerance among the 64 member federations. This is also the first season that all top-7 European leagues will follow the same guidelines, which will make it so much easier for the 14 referees who take part in the IIHF Referee Exchange Program. Although we are happy with the new era, we are perfectly aware that we are far from perfect. This is still a learning phase for the national associations, the leagues, the players, officials and referees. Probably the most important message to get across is that this is not about zero-tolerance, as many reporters like to describe this because it happens to be a catchy phrase.more
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