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from the CP via TSN,
Referees will wear microphones and announce penalties to spectators and to viewers watching at home when the NHL restarts with all 30 teams playing Wednesday night. It's the latest innovation for a league eager to attract attention and lure fans after the setback losing the 2004-2005 season to a collective bargaining impasse. The new set-up might not be in place in all arenas opening night but it will be there for each team's second home game, league officials promised Monday. Referees will announce single and offsetting penalties in English. If there are multiple penalties at the same time, to avoid delaying games announcements will be left to arena public address systems. In every instance, the in-house announcer will repeat the referee's call, which will enable penalty calls in Montreal to continue to be relayed to spectators in French. Also, every fan entering the 15 arenas in which openers are to be played will receive a mini Stanley Cup replica courtesy of the NHL. Individual teams also have their own giveaways.


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