Ref Reading: DBD’s Fan Guide to NHL Officiating

  From Erin Bolen at Defending Big D comes a terrific breakdown of NHL officiating for the non-zebra. The biggest question is probably where to start, and that’s with a good and thorough understanding of the NHL rulebook (up to and including the infamous Table 18 that covers all the permutations of goalie interference). That’s a pretty solid beginning, though it also falls short on many fronts as the rules are incredibly subjective. Essentially, nearly every single NHL rule covers a spectrum of activity from “technically illegal but they would never call it” to “load the player into a rocket...

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