Month: March 2014

Tonight’s NHL Referees – 3/31/14

Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators -7:30EDT Referees: Rob Martell #26 3.3 minor penalties per game 9.3 total PIM per game Favors home team (19.3% more penalties called on road team) Senators are 0-5 this season when Martell’s working, including a 4-1 loss to Carolina back on November 24. Kevin Pollock #33 3.2 minor penalties per game 10.3 total PIM per game Favors home team (8.8% more penalties called on road team) Linesmen: Scott Cherrey #50, Don Henderson #91   Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils – 7:30EDT Referees: Brad Meier #34 4.0 minor penalties per game 12.0 total PIM...

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Today’s NHL Referees – 3/30/14

Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers – 12:30EDT Referees: Tim Peel #20 3.5 minor penalties per game 11.7 total PIM per game Favors home team (46.6% minors called vs. home) Dennis LaRue #14 3.4 minor penalties per game 10.5 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (50.5% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Pierre Racicot #65, Greg Devorski #54 Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators – 5:00EDT Referees: Jean Hebert #15 3.8 minor penalties per game 11.6 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (49.5% minors called vs. home) Steve Kozari #40 4.3 minor penalties per game 12.5 total PIM per game...

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Avs’ O’Reilly Takes His First Penalty of Season

Ryan O’Reilly leads the Colorado Avalanche in goal scoring, with 26 in 72 games this season.  Pretty impressive. Even more impressive: Through his 1400+ minutes of ice-time, O’Reilly managed to avoid spending any time in the penalty box. That is, until Saturday afternoon, when the San Jose Sharks came to town. O’Reilly, though, is ever the gentleman.  His penalty wasn’t for slashing, tripping, or cross-checking.  His penalty wasn’t against any other player on the ice.  No, O’Reilly violated Rule 10.3, Playing with a Broken Stick. Here’s the play: The referees for the game were Gord Dwyer (#19) and Chris Lee (#28).  The play happened right in front of linesman Trent Knorr (#63). O’Reilly’s stick was snapped on the defensive zone faceoff.  Holding just the shaft of his stick, O’Reilly kicked the puck towards the boards before dropping the broken twig.  That was enough play to earn him his first trip to the sin bin this season. “That’s an unfortunate penalty,” said O’Reilly. “I’m glad to have it over with.” Prior to Saturday’s call, OReilly’s last penalty was April 21, 2013, when he tripped St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold. Here’s O’Reilly, talking about his first penalty minutes of the year: In case you’re wondering, Butch Goring holds the record of 78 games – the entire 1980-81 season – without committing an infraction (or at least without getting caught for it)....

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Sens’ Smith Speared By Shaw in Hawks’ Loss

The Senators welcomed back goaltender Craig Anderson with a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.  Chicago center Andrew Shaw had a different sort of  greeting for Ottawa’  Zack Smith. The gritty forward speared Smith in a very ungentlemanly place in the third period of Friday’s game. “A spear is always looked upon as pretty bad for someone to do,” Smith said, reported by ESPN. “It’s kind of a cheap shot, especially where he was aiming, but you saw the replay.” Shaw received a major for spearing and a game misconduct on the play. Zack Smith didn't like the spear by Andrew Shaw at the end. #Sens — Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 29, 2014 “I gave him a little whack in the legs and he turned around and speared me,” Smith told Senators Extra.  Smith would’ve liked a chance to drop the gloves and avenge the attach by Shaw.  “[Not being able to fight] was a little frustrating, too,” he said. “You get speared (in the nether regions) and you’re not allowed to fight to defend it. I wasn’t too happy with that.” The question is how the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will look at the spear. I'm thinking we may see Shaw get suspended for a game for that spear. Just an incredibly undisciplined and stupid move. — James Neveau (@JamesNeveau) March 29, 2014 Will Brendan Shanahan come...

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Today’s NHL Officials – 3/29/14

Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals – 12:30EDT Referees: Tim Peel #20 3.5 minor penalties per game 11.7 total PIM per game Favors home team (46.6% minors called vs. home) Frederick L’Ecuyer #17 3.8 minor penalties per game 10.5 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.5% minors called vs. home – lowest in NHL) Linesmen: Tim Nowak #77, Pierre Racicot #65 San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche – 3:00EDT Referees: TBD Linesmen: TBD Waiting on the update from the Avalanche and the NHL… Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres – 7:00EDT Referees: Dave Jackson #8 4.2 minor penalties per...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 3/28/14

Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:00EDT Referees: Dennis LaRue #14 3.4 minor penalties per game 10.5 total PIM per game Favors road team (50.5% minors called vs. home) Brad Meier #34 4.0 minor penalties per game 12.0 total PIM per game Favors road team (52.8% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Brian Mach #78, Matt MacPherson #83 Two of the three road-favoring refs in the same game? Interesting to see how that plays out. Pens average 3.7 minors/gm, 10.4 PIM/gm Jackets average 3.9 minors/gm, 11.2 PIM/gm Pens 0-2 this year when LaRue’s working; Jackets 2-0 at home when...

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Go Home, Ref – You’re Drunk

From the fine folks over at Reddit (r/hockey) comes a referee who’s putting the ‘beer’ in beer league. Watch this inebriated zebra piroutte his way into your heart. See him twist and twirl like Marc-Andre Fleury during a stoppage in play. Oh, just grab a pint and watch: The “waving-off-icing-no-wait-I’m-an-airplane” at the 14-second mark? Genius. (stick-tap to OP –...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 3/27/14

Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins Referees: Kelly Sutherland #11 3.4 minor penalties per game 10.1 total PIM per game Favors home team (48.4 % minors called vs. home) Ian Walsh #29 3.7 minor penalties per game 9.6 total PIM per game Favors home team (46.7% minors called vs. home) Linesmen: Kiel Murchison #79, Brian Murphy #93 Phoenix Coyotes at New Jersey Devils Referees: Frederick L’Ecuyer #17 3.8 minor penalties per game 10.5 total PIM per game Favors home team (45.5% minors called vs. home) Francois St. Laurent #38 4.2 minor penalties per game 12.7 total PIM per game Favors...

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Referee Kimmerly Honored for 1000 Games

Greg Kimmerly reached an officiating milestone this past week, having refereed 1,000 games in the NHL. The 49-year-old Toronto native has been in the league for 18 years.  His first foray on to NHL ice was back on November 30, 1996, when he officiated a game between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. (Jaromir Jagr had three goals and an assist in that game, a 6-2 Pens win.  Jagr is the only player in that game still active in the NHL.) Referee Greg Kimmerly working his 1,000th NHL game tonight. He gets Tiffany crystal, sticks signed by #Leafs, #Habs players. — Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) March 22, 2014 The cake from last nights party to celebrate Greg Kimmerly's 1000th game. #GTHL pic.twitter.com/ynRyg2zfOP — John Levantis (@hock_ref) March 23, 2014 From the NHL Officials Association: The NHLOA would like to recognize the tremendous accomplishment of one of our fellow officials. On Saturday March 22nd, Greg Kimmerly worked his 1000th NHL regular season game as a Referee as the Montreal Canadiens visited the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Air Canada Center. He was joined on the ice by Tom Kowal, Derek Amell and Anthony Sericolo. Greg began his career on November 30th, 1996 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania as the Penguins hosted the Boston Bruins. He was selected to work the 2006 All Star Game in Dallas, TX. Now residing in Thornhill, Ontario, Greg...

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Red Wings Announcer Disagrees with Call, Offers Suggestion

Sometimes your team is hit with a bad call. As a fan, it’s easy to lose your mind over it. As an announcer, perhaps you need to show a bit of restraint. Mickey Redmond didn’t hold back on this one. Red Wings announcer Mickey Redmond vehemently disagreed with the soft slashing call against David Legwand: In case you’re video-challenged, Redmond’s thoughts on the penalty: “We might as well put skirts on them all and put tennis rackets in their hands. This is a joke. Absolute joke.” The breakdown of the play, from Winging It in Motown: The Wings end...

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