Month: September 2014

Habs’ Tinordi Ejected for Elbow, Avoids Suspension

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi has avoided suspension for his high, hard hit on Washington’s Nate Schmidt. Tinordi leveled Schmidt 1:55 into the third period of Sunday night’s game with a hard hit along the boards. The 6-foot-6 Tinordi dropped his shoulder down for a clean hit.  Schmidt, who stands six inches shorter, had his head down while playing the puck, resulting in a hit high on his body. From Andrew Berkshire of Eyes on the Prize:  [Tinordi] kept his elbow down and exploded after the impact. It’s the definition of a clean, open-ice hit, the kind that Tinordi wants...

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Linesman Nowak Injured at Preds/Lightning

NHL Linesmen Tim Nowak suffered a minor injury while working a game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators. Nowak was hurt in a collision near the Lightning bench late in the second period.  After remaining down on the ice, trainers helped the veteran official to the locker room.  Nowak appeared to have sustained a leg injury. #458201797 / gettyimages.com Linesman Tim Nowak last season With only 26 seconds remaining to play in the period, referees Frederick L’Ecuyer (#17) and Francois St. Laurent (#38) sent the teams to the dressing rooms early for intermission.  The remaining playing time from...

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Glencross Game-Winner Allowed After Ref Discussion

Sylvan Lake, Alberta, may be this year’s Kraft Hockeyville, but it’s also the summer home of Flames winger Curtis Glencross. Thanks to a solid, collaborative effort by the on-ice officials, he got to be the hometown hero on Wednesday night for the Calgary Flames. Glencross deflected a blueline point shot from fellow Alberta native Kris Russell with 1:44 left in overtime to score what appeared to be the game-winning goal. Referee Tom Kowal immediately waved it off, thinking it was tipped in from above the crossbar. With no video review in the preseason, the on-ice crew came together to...

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Linesman Shandor Alphonso Joins NHL

The newest NHL linesman was once known for his work ethic and crunching body-checks which made him a fan favorite.  Now, he’ll look to avoid those heavy hits as he mans the blueline in the National Hockey League. Linesman Shandor Alphonso, #52, has signed a professional contract with the NHL. He’ll split time manning bluelines in the AHL and NHL this season. Alphonso signed just prior to the start of training camp, joining the NHL officiating crew for camp.  He made his NHL preseason debut on September 23, when he worked the lines for Bruins vs. Canadiens. Alphonso spent the...

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Flyers Simmonds Ejected in First Preseason Game

NHL referee Garrett Rank has nerves of steel.  Last week, he won the Canadian men’s mid-amateur golf tournament. Last night, he suited up for his first game as an NHL referee. The Flyers and Leafs didn’t make it easy for him. In the third period of Monday night’s game, Leafs defenseman Korbinian Holzer objected to a late hit along the boards by Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds. The Toronto blueliner went right after Simmonds with his gloves in the winger’s face.  Simmonds was the first to drop the mitts, though, and stopped Holzer with a few solid punches. Linesmen Steve...

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Devils’ Tootoo Won’t Have Hearing for Headshot

Just two days into the NHL preseason, we’ve already had our first possible headshot review. During the third period of Monday night’s preseason game between the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, winger Jordin Tootoo’s elbow connected with the head of Rangers’ blueliner Mike Kostka.  Tootoo was given a two minute penalty for an illegal check to the head. Kostka took a nasty high elbow from behind from Devils forward Jordin Tootoo as the Rangers D-man was bent over at 7:09 of the third period. Luckily Tootoo only caught Kostka’s shoulder, but it still was enough to drop him hard...

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NHL Officials Working Without a Contract

The NHL preseason gets underway on Sunday and the league’s referees and linesmen will be there — even though they’ll be working without a contract. The NHL Officials Association’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the league has expired.  Though both parties are actively working on coming to terms, they’ve agreed to have the on-ice crews work the preseason while negotiations continue. The officials have no intention of going on strike and expect to have a deal in place by the start of the 2014-15 campaign, according to QMI Agency, as reported by the Toronto Sun. In 2010, when their previous...

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KHL Linesmen Wear Helmet Cams

Dashboard cameras are huge in Russia.  Thanks to insurance concerns, most drivers sport one to track what happens in front of their vehicles. Two KHL linesmen took a similar approach — bolting on helmet-cams — for recent games. Game one has linesman Yuri Ivanov (#51) with the helmet-cam for Jokerit against Dynamo Riga.  Also in stripes are linesman Pyotr Alyoshin (#37) and referees Alexei Ravodin (#34) and Alexei Vasilyev (#12). The second game features linesman Gleb Lazarev (#61) working Dynamo Minsk against Dynamo Riga. Joining him on the ice are referees Konstantin Olenin (#37) and Jyri Ronn (#19), as well as linesman Roman Shikarhov...

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KHL Defends Officials on Calls, Non-Calls

After some controversial calls – and non-calls – the KHL is stepping up to defend its on-ice officials. After conducting reviews of some of the latest issues, the league has issued a formal response. Barys Coach Ejected Barys Astana Head Coach Andrei Nazarov was ejected late in his team’s 3-2 loss to Admiral Vladivostok. His actions earned him a six game suspension. Some, though, were critical of the referee’s role in getting him to that point. At the time of Nazarov’s ejection, Barys had been called for nine penalties, with just one to Admiral. Vladivostok was about to go...

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NHL Diving Made Public? Not So Fast…

One of the NHL’s rule changes for the 2014-15 season is a crackdown on diving. The league has been watching the increase in dives, specifically addressing the topic in their 2014 Competition Committee meeting, a session which ultimately led to changes implemented for the coming season. “Embellishment in the game is a real problem today,” said NHL VP Colin Campbell. “We understand players try to draw penalties. We feel it’s out of control.”  The players agreed. “The players came to us and talked to us about wanting to clamp down on diving and embellishing,” said NHL VP Bill Daly, “and...

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