Month: July 2014

USA Hockey Recognizes Rob Lagler with Milt Kaufman Award

Officiating is a tough job in any sport, but especially challenging in hockey.  That’s what makes recognition for a job well done even better for those hard-working referees and linesmen.  USA Hockey handed out awards at their annual conference held in July, the Chet Stewart Award and the Milt Kaufman Award. From USA Hockey: The Milt Kaufman Award is presented at both the Eastern and Western Instructor Training Camps to the individual that most exemplifies the qualities that made Milt Kaufman such a special part of the USA Hockey Officiating Program. “Milt was the Massachusetts District Referee-in-Chief . He was...

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Referee Tim Peel’s Twitter Account Waved Off

Tim Peel gave it his best shot, but, after league review, his shot never crossed the line.  At least, it shouldn’t have. The veteran NHL official attempted a foray into social media earlier this week.  It didn’t last long. Officially on Twitter.. — Tim Peel (@TimTpeel) July 21, 2014 News of his arrival spread quickly.   Some welcomed him while others warned him of the potential disaster his presence on Twitter could become.  In less than a day, his followers passed the 1,200 mark. Ever since the league took names of the backs of officials’ jerseys, they’ve been more anonymous. ...

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Refs Earning Their Stripes at Kozari’s Officiating School

For referees in British Columbia, summer school is in session. Junior referees have given up part of their offseason to refine their games with the help of NHL referee Steve Kozari at Kozari’s Officiating School. “We have got some great young talent here,” said NHL referee and lead instructor Steve Kozari to the Penticton Western News. “They are learning each and every day. They are progressing, which is what we want.” The officials are evaluated while they work games for Okanagan Hockey School showcase tournaments. They are put through power skating sessions, go over video and have lectures midday....

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Referee Rodriguez Missed Suarez Bite, will Work Brazil/Germany

Luis Suarez will miss four months of soccer thanks to his rather unsportsmanlike bite in Uruguay’s match against Italy.  The referee who missed the play – and the call – however, will move on.  Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodriguez is slated to work Tuesday’s semifinal match between Germany and Brazil. #451155222 / gettyimages.com When asked his thoughts on the officiating decision, Brazil’s coach refused to take the bait. “What do I think? If he didn’t see it, he didn’t see it. Many things happen that the referee doesn’t see. Fouls, something that happens in the game.  That was one thing...

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