Month: May 2013

The Score: Why Refs Pocket The Whistle

Justin Bourne over at The Score takes a look at why officials have a tendency to avoid late-game calls: Being a referee is a hard job on your average day. In an exhibition game, in a men’s league, in the NHL and in peewee. I spent parts of a couple summers reffing, and I remember being surprised at how much my own fatigue affected my ability to be in the right place. It’s kind of like being a penalty killer for 60 minutes – the job requires a lot of stops and starts to be in the perfect position,...

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Avs’ Duchene Scores Epic Offside Goal

Matt Duchene scored a goal that was JUST a bit offside… Barry Trotz said after the game, “The league already verified that it should have been an offside.” It should’ve.  But here’s a possible reason – absent any actual explanation from the on-ice officials – that veteran linesman Derek Amell (#75) may have seen this one differently: 83.1 Off-side – Players of the attacking team must not precede the puck into the attacking zone.   …  If a player legally carries or passes the puck back into his own defending zone while a player of the opposing team is in such...

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