Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/04/07 at 12:06 PM ET
from the LA Times via the Toronto Star,
For truth be told, goal judges are now an anachronism. The two-referee system (phased in during the 1998-99 season and fully implemented by 2000-01) and video replay judges have made it so. As well, league executives monitoring each game from their Toronto offices have the authority to make final decisions on controversial goals.
The NHL also has made good use of high-definition technology and will be spending about $5 million in arenas this season to upgrade that equipment, Mike Murphy, the league’s vice-president of hockey operations, said.
“The goal judge became less and less a factor. Still a factor but quite a factor down the list,” Murphy said, adding the job has become more of a way to signal a goal to those sitting in remote areas of an arena.
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