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Kadri Suspended for Three Games

Heading to the net, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri ran over Minnesota Wild goatender Niklas Backstrom in a play that earned the winger a three-game suspension. Rookie referee Trent Knorr (#44) called Kadri immediately for a minor for goaltender interference.  He missed the fact that it was a headshot — Kadri should’ve likely recieved a match penalty.  Of course, that’s a tough call to make, especially for a rookie official who was refereeing his first NHL game.  After two minutes, Kadri was back on the ice.  Backstrom did not return to the game; he’s believed to have suffered...

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/15/13

Toronto Maple Leafs at  Buffalo Sabres Referees: Greg Kimmerly (18), Chris Lee (28) Linesmen: Brian Mach (78), Pierre Racicot (65) Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils Referees: Paul Devorski (10), Graham Skilliter (48) Linesmen: Jonny Murray (95), Kiel Murchison (79) Nashville Predators at   Pittsburgh Penguins Referees: Kyle Rehman (37); Chris Rooney (5) Linesmen: Derek Amell (75); Brad Kovachik (71) Anaheim Ducks at   Carolina Hurricanes Referees: Francis Charron (6), Dan O’Rourke (9) Linesmen:  Steve Barton (59), Darren Gibbs (66) Montreal Canadiens at   Columbus Blue Jackets Referees: Gord Dwyer (19),  Brad Watson (23) Linesmen: Jay Sharrers (57), Mark Shewchyk (92) Florida Panthers at   Minnesota Wild Referees: Steve Kozari #40, Frederick L’Ecuyer...

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/14/13

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins Referees: Jean Hebert (15), Dennis LaRue (14) Linesmen: Jonny Murray (95), Vaughan Rody (73) Los Angeles Kings at New York Islanders Referees:  Marc Joanette (25),  Ian Walsh (29) Linesmen:  Steve Barton (59), Brad Kovachik (71) Phoenix Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks Referees:  Dan O’Rourke (9), Kyle Rehman (37) Linesmen: Mark Shewchyk (92), Tim Nowak (77) Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues Referees:  Chris Rooney (5), Francois St. Laurent (38) Linesmen:  Derek Nansen (70), Jay Sharrers (57) San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks Referees: Ghislain Hebert (22), Kevin Pollock (33) Linesmen: David Brisebois (96), Ryan Galloway (82) Anaheim Ducks at Tampa Bay...

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Youth Hockey Baseball-Swing Stick Assault

It’s never fun to be on the receiving end of an elbow.  It’s even less fun to be on the receiving end of a baseball-swing style attack as retaliation.  Watch the play unfold along the far boards. A little background via The Big Lead: The boys Nike Bauer World Hockey Invitational took place in Chicago earlier this month. [This happened] during a game between the San Diego Jr Gulls and Toledo Cherokee in the 1999s AAA division.   The Gulls player, miraculously, was not injured on the play.  According to Deadspin, the Cherokee player is reportedly facing a hearing before USA...

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/13/13

Toronto Maple Leafs at Minnesota Wild Referees: Dan O’Halloran (#13), Trent Knorr (#44) Linesmen: Mike Cvik (#88), Scott Driscoll (#68)   Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins Referees: Justin St. Pierre (#12), Brad Watson (#23) Linesmen: Pierre Racicot (#65), Brian Mach (#78)   Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers Referees: Mike Hasenfratz (#2), Brian Pochmara (#16) Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron (#74), Tony Sericolo...

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Finnish Referees Celebrate Movember

Over in Finland’s SM-Liiga, the referees are taking part in Movember: Our condolences to the facial-folically challenged official on the left.  Keep on trying! It’s not just international referees who get to have fun.  Check out a similar effort by officials in the QMJHL last year:...

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No Goal Call Against Lightning vs. Habs

In Tuesday night’s game between the Lightning and Canadiens, Tampa defenseman Radko Gudas blasted a shot that appeared to ring off the post behind Habs netminder Carey Price.  At the time, referee Mike Leggo (#3) waved it off on the ice. At the next stoppage in play, the officials took to the airwaves to review to call with the assistance of the NHL’s War Room in Toronto. Their call?  The puck went in the net. The result?  Still no goal.  Here’s the official explanation from the league: At 17:14 of the second period in the Lightning/Canadiens game, the Situation Room...

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Former Ref Paul Stewart Reflects on Hall of Famer Fred Shero

On November 11th, Fred Shero was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Over at Hockey Buzz, former NHL referee Paul Stewart shared some memories of the legendary coach and general manager.  Here’s an excerpt: On Monday in Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame will induct the late, great Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero in its Builders category of honorees. This honor is way past overdue, but I am glad that it has finally happened. I’m thrilled also that Ray Shero will have the opportunity to accept on behalf of his father. I want to share with you my...

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Tonight’s Officials – 11/12/13

Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres –       Referees: Dan O’Rourke (9), Ian Walsh (29) –       Linesmen: David Brisebois (96), Brad Kovachik (71)   Colorado Avalanche at Carolina Hurricanes –       Referees: Eric Furlatt #27, Kyle Rehman #37 –       Linesmen: Tim Nowak #77, Brian Murphy #93 Nashville Predators at New York Islanders –       Referees: Justin St. Pierre (12), Steve Kozari (40) –       Linesmen: Derek Amell (75), Matt McPherson (83)   New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers –       Referees: Francis Charron (6), Wes McCauley (4) –       Linesmen: Shane Heyer (55), Mark Wheler (56)   Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals –      ...

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NA3HL Ref Cam – Bulls/Blues

Ever wanted to get a referee’s perspective on the game?  Over on Reddit, user phearmymind was awesome enough to strap on a helmet cam and give us a peek into the action. Here’s a excerpt from the November 2nd tilt between the North Iowa Bulls and the St. Louis Junior Blues. (stick-tap to...

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