Day: February 17, 2014

Referee Konstantin Olenin Talks Sochi Olympics

Konstantin Olenin is one of the top officials in the KHL.  He’s been in the league since 2007, with 241 regular season and 49 playoff games under his belt. Olenin has tons of international experience, having worked the World Championships from 2010-2013, the 2014 Spengler Cup tournament, and various EuroHockey Tour events each year from 2010-2013.  The KHL  named Olenin one of their top officials for the 2012-13 season.  He recently worked the league’s 2014 All Star Game. We spoke with him just before the start of the Olympics. World Championships One of the biggest moments of Olenin’s officiating...

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Today’s Olympic Referees – 2/18/14

Men’s Playoff Qualifications Slovenia vs. Austria – 12:00 Sochi time / 3:00am EST Referees: Dave Jackson (USA/NHL), Vladimir Sindler (Czech) Linesmen:  Tommy George (USA), Chris Woodworth (USA) Russia vs. Norway – 16:30 Sochi time / 7:30am EST Referees: Daniel Piechaczek (Germany), Kevin Pollock (Canada/NHL) Linesmen:  Andy McElman (USA/NHL), Miroslav Valach (Slovakia) Czech Republic vs. Slovakia – 21:00 Sochi time / 12:00pm EST Referees: Tim Peel (USA/NHL), Marcus Vinnerborg (Sweden) Linesmen:  Lonnie Cameron (Canada/NHL), Sakari Suominen (Finland) Switzerland vs. Latvia – 21:00 Sochi time / 12:00pm EST Referees: Mike Leggo (Canada/NHL), Jyri Ronn (Finland) Linesmen:  Brad Kovachik (Canada/NHL), Andre Schrader (Germany) Women’s Classifications Germany vs. Japan – 12:00...

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Russians Protesting Referee Brad Meier

In Russia, hockey fans protest YOU, Brad Meier!   This is outside the American embassy in Moscow: In case you need to brush up on your Russian, that’s “Referee for Soap!” — another way of saying that the ref didn’t judge the game fairly, and therefore serves no purpose other than to be rendered into soap.  Sort of like the idea of turning racehorses into glue.  It goes on to say:  Brad Meier – American hockey arbiter, NHL referee, didn’t count the Russian national team’s goal on the USA’s goal in the Olympic games in Sochi! Meier was one...

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AHL’s Pirates, Phantoms Combine for 329 PIM

Referees Geoff Miller (#28) and Jean-Philippe Sylvain (#16) had a busy night on Sunday, officiating the game between the Adirondack Phantoms and Portland Pirates. What started as a chippy game ended in a line brawl, with the referees and linesmen Jeremy Lovett (#78) and Pat Turcotte (#10) outnumbered by the fights taking place on the ice. The two clubs combined for 329 penalty minutes, most of which came in the final minute of the game. Take a look at the penalty breakdown: This was the final meeting of the season for these two clubs.   They’ll have to wait until...

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Today’s Olympic Referees – 2/17/14

Women’s Olympic Hockey Semifinals USA vs. Sweden – 16:30 Sochi time / 7:30am EST Referee: Melanie Bordeleau  (Canada) Linesmen:  Denise Caughey (Canada), Zuzana Svobodova (Czech) Canada vs. Switzerland – 21:00 Sochi time / 12:00pm EST Referee: Erin Blair (USA) Linesmen:  Alicia Hanrahan (USA), Ilona Novotna...

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Russia’s Go-Ahead Goal Disallowed Due to Dislodged Net

With less than eight minutes in regulation, Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk scored his second goal of the game to tie the Americans at two apiece.   A few minutes later, a point shot from defenseman Fedor Tyutin game the Russians the lead… or so they thought. The referees signaled goal on the ice.   Goaltender Jonathan Quick voiced his complaint, gesturing to the left post.  The officials went upstairs for another look.  Per IIHF rules, the play is eligible for video review: ANNEX 10: VIDEO REPLAY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 2.  To determine if the puck entered the net prior...

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Canada Goal Disallowed vs. Finland

We’ve had some bizarre goals in this year’s Olympics – from goals disallowed from dislodged nets to goals missed entirely.  In Sunday’s game against Finland, Canada scored what would have been one of the strangest goals of the year. A point shot from Alex Pietrangelo deflected off a stick and went high in the air before coming to rest atop the net. With no whistle blown and the puck still in play, Canadian forward Rick Nash chopped at the netting, sending the puck over the crossbar, where it bounced off Finnish netminder Tuukka Rask and into the net for...

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