Our latest roundup includes a look at how obstruction calls – or lack thereof – are ‘obstructing’ the game, All-Star officials, NHL refs helping an injured officer, and a memorable officiating protest.

 

  • As Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman takes the ice each night, don’t forget about linesman Don Henderson, whose career may be over [Paul Stewart via HockeyBuzz]
  • Sportsnet’s Mark Spector calls out the NHL for obstructing its own game: “Internally, NHL officials have concluded that referee Chris Lee blew the call. It was at least a hooking minor, and more likely a penalty shot. But what the play really represents is a beacon for change. […] This is not […] a refereeing issue. This is about the general managers, at the urging of people like Colin Campbell, Gary Bettman and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, instructing the referees on a new standard.”  [Sportsnet]
  • NHL players – and officials – are still waiting to find out if they’ll be headed to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics [Review Journal]
  • Officials welcome Missouri Police Officer Michael Flamion to Winter Classic six months after he was shot and paralyzed during a traffic stop [KMOV.com]
  • All-Star games are nearly upon us.  Both the AHL and ECHL have named the officials for their respective All-Star events. [AHL] [ECHL]
  • IIHF considering elimination of shootouts [Puck Daddy]
  • Hit that injured Jets’ Laine was a clean one, says retired referee Kerry Fraser [kerryfraser.com]
  • Former NHL linesman Mark Pare added to the NHL Alumni Wall of Fame at LaSalle’s Vollmer Complex [LaSalle Vipers]
  • Flyers challenge the coach’s challenge after overtime loss [Philly.com]
  • The LNAH is known for its fighting and general mayhem on the ice. One fan brought a little of that spirit to the stands as he showed his displeasure with the officials [SI.com]
  • Fighting at the World Juniors?  Go back 30 years for a memorably ugly brawl between Canada and the USSR in the Punch-Up at Piestany [Sportsnet]