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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
OK, so commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL were found to have over-reached in applying Rule 40.2 — intent to injure an official — in order to give Dennis Wideman 20 games for the infamous incident in which he plowed into, and indeed injured, linesman Don Henderson what now seems about five years ago. The commissioner and the league only could infer, and not prove, intent.
The beauty is, the league seems to have been hoisted on its own petard by one of its own.
(Hoisted on its own petard: a major penalty that would not have been called by the Eric Furlatt-Tom Kowal referee tandem that did not call an instigator on Darnell Nurse for his attack on Roman Polak.)
Indeed, in reducing the suspension to 10 games — after the Calgary defenseman already had served 19 games of the sentence through an unacceptable appeals process that harmed his team more than any other entity or individual — neutral arbitrator James Oldham’s opinion cited league exec Stephen Walkom’s testimony given at the hearing.
“My feeling is that [Wideman] knocked [Henderson] to the ice with enough force to hurt him, even though he probably didn’t intentionally mean to hurt him,” the NHL’s senior VP and director of officiating testified.
Wonder if Walkom will receive a standing ovation the next time he attends a Board of Governors meeting … or the next time he walks into NHL headquarters on Sixth Avenue. Hope he doesn’t have to turn in his key to the executive washroom.
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Every once in a while you sort of stare at a story, put it aside for a while, come back to it and have no idea where it belongs but you know that it's really good and that you have to put it somewhere.
The long story is that ESPN's Katie Strang spoke with the coach of a team this biased blogger happens to believe has come up on the rough end of some discretionary calls in Mike Babcock, the NHL's director of officiating, Stephen Walkom, and the outspoken Kerry Fraser about the fact that, last Thursday, Jarret Stoll was assessed a penalty for tripping Brandon Sutter, but Sutter fell over (there's actually a video of this if you're interested)...
And the refs made the penalty call, had a chat and chose to rescind the call. Which is new:
Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser said it is not the first time this sort of thing has happened, and though it is customary to give the official closer to the infraction the benefit of the doubt, that’s not an absolute, especially if the other official feels confident enough to overturn it. After all, each official is granted the same authority on the ice.
"The way the officials handled that call was an excellent example of thinking quickly on your feet and doing what's right for the game when possible," the NHL's Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom told ESPN.com. "Hockey Ops and the officiating department want our guys to work together to get it right whenever possible. In this modern era of hockey you often see officials huddling or overturning each other to get it right. The handling of this situation, like video review, is always evolving to best serve the game."
The long story, and the thrust of the story, involves Fraser suggesting that in light of that Luke Glendening-"must have tripped"-Braden Holtby call, maybe the NHL's GM's and Board of Governors might be more willing to adopt something that NCAA hockey, AHL hockey and other leagues.
Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom joined NHL Live today to discuss a few topics in this almost eight minute video.
Topics include what he does in his position, an update on hybrid-icing, goalie interference, slashing and the consistency of the on-ice officials.
Stephen Walkom was mic’d up for game 3 of the SCF.
Mike Brophy does a Q & A with Stephen Walkom who has left his job as the NHL’s director of officiating and will be returning as a referee this season.
Sportsnet.ca: Some critics suggested the standard for calls took a little dip in last season’s playoffs and once again referees were turning a blind eye to infractions. Do you agree?
Walkom: They talked about it a little bit, but I think everybody is always ready to pounce on it. That’s why I compared the first period prior to the lockout against the first period of this year’s playoffs. Yeah, there was probably one penalty in the first period that we should have called, but we don’t want our guys making up penalties just so we can call the standard. Was there one hook missed? Yeah, there was. Was there a hold we could have called in the second period? Perhaps. But the thing is there were 14 of those four years earlier. Our guys aren’t missing penalties by choice; not calling penalties because of the time of the game or the score of the game. That mentality is gone. If they see something, they react to it.
from the Globe and Mail,
Stephen Walkom has decided to haul his referee’s sweater out of mothballs.
Walkom, who had his 46th birthday on August 8, is stepping down as the NHL’s director of officiating with the intent of staying with the league as an on-ice official, a league source confirmed Tuesday. Walkom is expected to be at the NHL officials training camp which begins on Sept. 7. It’s believed that when Walkom accepted the executive position during the 2004-05 NHL lockout that it was on the condition that he would be allowed to return as an on-ice official if/when he made that decision.
NHL Senior VP of Officiating Stephen Walkom discusses the rule changes for this season.
Watch the video below…
NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.