NHL Referees and Linesmen Gear Up for 2010 Playoffs

From NHL.com’s Bob Condor. Originally published April 15, 2010: When NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson talks to the 20 referees and 20 linesmen assigned to the first round of the playoffs, he frames each series as “a 21-plus-period hockey game” rather than what could potentially be seven individual games. The distinction is more than mathematical. “The idea is to stay consistent during the entire series even as referees switch each game,” Gregson said. “We want coaches and players know what to expect from period to period.” Gregson met with all postseason officials by mega-conference call on Monday this week. While there was serious business to discuss, some congratulations were in order as well. The 20 referees were selected from a pool of 33, making the cut based on at least 25 in-person evaluations during the regular season and dozens more on videotape. Same deal for linesmen, who are picked from a pool of 34. The selected officials found out their fates by a Monday morning email. After picking the 20 referees, Gregson’s next move is to select pairings for the first five games of each of the eight playoffs series. “I put guys together [each game has two refs, of course] based on personality, style, energy level and experience,” Gregson said. “I have the pairings ready Sunday morning, then wait to assign them once...

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