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Setting the Tone for Game 4

CBC’s John F. Molinaro talks to former NHL official Dan Marouelli, a veteran of four Stanley Cup Finals. 

CBCSports.ca: Will the NHL talk to the officials before the game tonight?

Marouelli: Absolutely. Terry Gregson [the NHL’s director of officiating] and Kris King [series supervisor] will sit down with them for sure. The big message Terry and Kris will send to them is that the precedent has been set. There’s been a lack of discipline. It was a very aggressive hockey game last time. I would be looking to have them set the tone early in this hockey game. But they will also tell them not to overreact, and therein lies the fine line. Gregson and King will inform both coaches and both GMs of the direction the officials will go if things start to go south tonight.

CBCSports.ca: How do officials tread that fine line?

Marouelli: You need to establish your presence early, and normally that’s through some form of verbal communication with the coaches or role players who are out on the ice. Any time when I was involved in games like this, I was quick to verbalize to the bench and to any players that needed to be cautioned, and then make sure you follow through quickly when something happens.

and much more on the Rome/Horton situation, and other officiating issues

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, NHL Playoff Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: aaron+rome, nathan+horton, officiating

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