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The Standards Of Referees

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL will address the always controversial state of officiating - and the perception that standard of enforcement slipped during the 2011-12 season - at a special August summit meeting featuring representatives from the league’s general managers, coaches, players and officials.

According to Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, the summer get-together will replace the annual research and development camp, and will try to clarify exactly teams want the game called.

“In March, some teams said to us that they had an issue,” said Campbell Wednesday, after NHL general managers met prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final. “They said, ‘We think the standard’s dropped.’ Well, the standard on what? Holding? Interference? If it’s interference, is it interference off the faceoff? Is it off the entry? Is it the forward? Is it the defenceman? You’ve got to tell us so we can tell the referees how to call it.”

Campbell said he invited all 30 NHL teams to submit examples of plays they had issue with. Only nine complied - and 85 per cent of the examples centred on interference on the fore-check, said Campbell.


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HockeyFanOhio's avatar

My prediction, the league will announce that everything is fine and the officiating has been perfect.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 05/30/12 at 10:31 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Offiiciating in any sport will never be fair and unbiased because sports have become big business.  And no businessman worth a damn would let his solvency come down to the randomness of fair play.  Bettman will continue to influence the quality of officiating to keep teams like Anaheim and Nashville looking competetive, and instill a false sense of parity to help grow league revenue, which, to be fair, is his job.

Its not much different than the NBA officials ignoring the traveling and charging rules because it leads to entertaining slam dunks, or Wrestling officials ignoring the man coming from then dressing room to climb into the ring and smash one of the contestants with a chair, much to the delight of all the fans in attendance and at home.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/31/12 at 11:54 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I have NO interest in watching a standard that TEAMS want to play in.
Lets get the fans involved!

If it’s up to the teams, then you might as well throw away the rule book and refs/whistles/order.

The problem is, out of the lockout the standard was great. Then it degraded - like it always does.
If they would just call the game the same way from September 15th to June 15th, there’d be no problems.
But by the time January roles around, you can bring a 12-gauge on the ice and won’t get a 2-minute minor if you shot someone in the solar-plexus.

And the face-off’s have gotten ridiculous too.
What I’d like to see is the puck laying in the middle of the dot, and then both players sticks and skates in a stationary position. No jockeying, no moving.
The linesman blows his whistle to start, and the two attempt to win the faceoff.
And make it so you can’t just throw a pic, or muslce in. It’s just straight-up gun-fight. Who’s the fastest.
That would lead to a clean face-off win every time.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/31/12 at 11:59 AM ET

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