Month: January 2015

Referee Wes McCauley’s Exuberant Hooking Call

We’ve heard about referee Wes McCauley’s exuberant penalty calls this season. Finally, we’ve got a clip of one to share. Listen as Mac sends Nashville’s Ekholm to the box for hooking. Excuse us, hooookkiiiiiiiiiiiiing…   McCauley and his partner, rookie Tom Chmielewski, called another 24 minutes in penalties on the night, but none were quite as much fun as that...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/31/15

Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens – 1:00 EST Referees Mike Leggo (#3) Games 2014-15: 43 Career Games: 1041 First NHL Game: Mar 3 1998 Birthplace: North Bay, ON Leggo NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.1 29 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 3.1 30 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.1 25 4.2 PIM/Gm 10.2 23 10.2 % of Penl on Home Team 49% 8 48% More Penl on Road Team 5% 26 7% Home Win % 42% 27 49% Home Record 18-25 Games to OT/SO 28% 12 26% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 33% 33% 34% Rank 18 37 4 Team Records...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/30/15

Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils – 7:00 EST Referees Tim Peel (#20) Games 2014-15: 42 Career Games: 975 First NHL Game: Oct 21 1999 Birthplace: Toronto, ON Peel NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.9 7 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 3.2 25 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.2 21 4.2 PIM/Gm 10.4 19 10.2 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 15 48% More Penl on Road Team 8% 15 7% Home Win % 38% 33 49% Home Record 16-26 Games to OT/SO 24% 24 26% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 28% 40% 33% Rank 35 12 8 Team Records...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/29/15

Boston Bruins at New York Islanders – 7:00 EST Referees Mark Lemelin (#41) Games 2014-15: 12 Career Games: 40 First NHL Game: Jan 21 2013 Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM Lemelin NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 6.6 1 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 3.3 20 3.3 Penalties/Gm 5.5 2 4.2 PIM/Gm 14.8 2 10.2 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 15 48% More Penl on Road Team 10% 13 7% Home Win % 50% 16 49% Home Record 6-6 Games to OT/SO 33% 5 26% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 39% 40% 20% Rank 2 10 39 Team Records...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/28/15

Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils – 7:30 EST Referees Ian Walsh (#29) Games 2014-15: 40 Career Games: 810 First NHL Game: Oct 14 2000 Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA Walsh NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.6 12 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 3.4 17 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.2 22 4.2 PIM/Gm 9.8 26 10.2 % of Penl on Home Team 49% 8 48% More Penl on Road Team 4% 29 7% Home Win % 53% 11 49% Home Record 21-19 Games to OT/SO 18% 35 26% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 26% 43% 31% Rank 38 4 12 Team...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/27/15

New York Rangers at New York Islanders – 7:00 EST Referees Justin St. Pierre (#12) Games 2014-15: 43 Career Games: 609 First NHL Game: Nov 9 2005 Birthplace: Dolbeau, QC St. Pierre NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.3 24 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 3.4 10 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.5 9 4.2 PIM/Gm 11.9 4 10.2 % of Penl on Home Team 46% 34 48% More Penl on Road Team 16% 4 7% Home Win % 53% 11 49% Home Record 23-20 Games to OT/SO 23% 29 26% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 33% 41% 25% Rank 15 5...

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Flyers’ Rinaldo Suspended 8 Games For Boarding, Charging

Zac Rinaldo, please have a seat.   Make yourself comfortable.  You’re going to be here awhile… The gritty Flyers winger has been suspended eight games for charging and boarding Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner Kris Letang.  The play happened at 15:36 of the first when the two teams met on January 20 in Philadelphia. Related: No Place in NHL for Flyers’ Rinaldo Referee Kevin Pollock immediately called Rinaldo for boarding, handing out a major penalty that also included a game misconduct. Letang did not return to the game. Rinaldo, as a repeat offender, loses salary on a per-game basis, which means...

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No Place for Flyers’ Rinaldo in the NHL

Zac Rinaldo should not be suspended.  He should be expelled. The Flyers’ tough guy is facing his latest suspension, the fourth of his NHL career, for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.  He obviously hasn’t learned anything from the previous three. Sure, players have been suspended more often and for far more terrible offenses.  Some, like Minnesota’s Matt Cooke, have changed the way they play the game as a result.  How, though, can Rinaldo be asked to change the way he plays when he doesn’t even seem to understand that he did anything wrong? Rinaldo’s Response “I changed the whole...

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NHL All-Star Game Ref Cam Highlights

The NHL first debuted their ref-cam earlier this season. Now, with their new partnership with GoPro, the league is looking to continue expanding the use of additional, compact cameras to their broadcasts. For the 2015 NHL All Star Game, the league bolted a handful of cameras to players and officials. The lucky zebra was referee Chris Lee. Here’s a look, courtesy of the Rogers’ ref cam, at a few game highlights: Goaltender Brian Elliott Makes a Great Save A Rare All-Star Post-Whistle Scrum Hometown Favorite Ryan Johansen Scores Steven Stamkos Goes End-to-End Rick Nash Scores, Assisted by Captain Jonathan...

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NHL All-Star Game Referees & Linesmen

The NHL has announced the players and captains for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. Nationwide Arena in Columbus is set. There’s one more thing you need to make it a game: on-ice officials. Referees Chris Lee and Chris Rooney have been selected to work the All-Star Game with linesmen Tony Sericolo, and Steve Miller. All four are making their first All-Star Game appearances. Referees Chris Lee Games 2014-15: 40 Career Games: 825 First NHL Game: April 2, 2000 Birthplace: Saint John, NB Highlights: Conf Finals (2012) Chris Rooney Games 2014-15: 40 Career Games: 866 First NHL Game: Nov. 22, 2000 Birthplace:...

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