Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/13/05 at 11:55 PM ET
One player said to me recently that we really don't want "zero tolerance" because we want the referees to have some leeway in determining whether the foul is justified. No, we want "zero tolerance." We don't want officiating based on the score. We want the skilled players to have as many rights in the 59th minute or overtime as they had in the first minute. For years, it has been acceptable for referees to "swallow their whistles" in the third period in the name of "letting the boys play." The theory: Players should decide the outcome, not referees. But my argument is that the new rules are actually "letting the boys play" for the first time in many years. If the rules are enforced, talent and skill should determine the outcome. Isn't that the idea?
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