Day: February 14, 2014

Latvian Goal a Near-Miss vs. Czechs

Oh, Tim Peel.  You’re a good guy.  You ‘re a good ref.   But, somehow, controversy just follows you around…  even to Sochi.   Today’s case: the in-and-out goal off the camera. Latvian forward Janis Sprukts scored to tie the game against the Czech Republic, only nobody noticed — at least in an official capacity, despite Tim Peel being properly positioned just below the goal line.   Play continued for nearly 45 seconds before the whistle blew for a tripping penalty to Czech forward Martin Hanzal.  Off-ice officials reviewed the play during the break and awarded the goal to...

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Olympics Refs Aren’t Out To Get Your Country

It’s easy to feel like the referees are out to get your team – especially at the Olympics, where home countries of both players and officials are clearly acknowledged, but a shared nationality doesn’t outweigh integrity, jugdement, and years of training. These are the best players and (hopefully, though referee Paul Stewart disagrees) the best officials from each country. They’re at the games to represent their respective countries by excelling in their roles.  As much as they want to see their home countries win, these guys are professionals. That said, even the best referees aren’t perfect.  There will always...

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Today’s Olympic Hockey Referees (2/14/14)

Men’s Olympic Hockey Preliminaries Czech Republic vs. Latvia – 12:00 Sochi time / 3:00am EST Referees: Tim Peel (Canada/NHL), Jyri Ronn (Finland) Linesmen: Andre Schrader (Germany), Mark Wheler (NHL/Canada) Sweden vs. Switzerland – 16:30 Sochi time / 7:30am EST Referees: Mike Leggo (Canada/NHL), Vladimir Sindler (Czech Rep.) Linesmen: Greg Devorski (Canada/NHL), Sakari Suominen (Finland) Norway vs. Finland – 21:00 Sochi time / 12:00pm EST Referees: Lars Brueggemann (Germany), Kelly Sutherland (Canada/NHL) Linesmen: Derek Amell (Canada/NHL), Chris Carlson (Canada) Canada vs. Austria – 21:00 Sochi time / 12:00pm EST Referees: Dave Jackson (USA/NHL), Konstantin Olenin (Russia) Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron (Canada/USA), Miroslav Valach (Slovakia)...

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