Day: February 1, 2015

BCHL’s Zuccarini Suspended for Slashing Referee

The BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters knew they’d lose leading scorer Charlie Zuccarini at the end of the season.  They just didn’t expect to lose him now. Zuccarini has been suspended by the league for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs for slashing referee Kirk Wood.  He received a match penalty for Abuse of Officials and was ejected from the game. From the Trail Smoke Eaters’ website: At 16:49 of the third period in the game against Coquitlam Express on the weekend Charlie was issued a match penalty for slashing the wrist of the referee Kirk Wood.  Charlie took responsibility...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 2/1/15

Arizona Coyotes at Montreal Canadiens – 1:00 EST Referees Garrett Rank (#48) Games 2014-15: 1 Career Games: 1 First NHL Game: Jan 15 2015 Birthplace: Kitchener, ON Rank NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 0 0 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 0 0 3.3 Penalties/Gm 0 0 4.2 PIM/Gm 0 0 10.2 % of Penl on Home Team 0% 0 48% More Penl on Road Team 0% 0 7% Home Win % 0% 0 49% Home Record 0 Games to OT/SO 0% 0 26% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 0% 0% 0% Rank 0 0 0 Team Records 2014-15...

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NHL Dept. of Player Safety Warns Subban About Slew-Foot

The NHL’s Dean of Discipline, Stephane Quintal, recently joined Ron Fournier’s radio show to talk hockey. He hit on a few topics, including the decision-making process, the lack of suspension for Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin’s hit on Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza, and – most interestingly – PK Subban’s tendency to slew-foot opponents. Quintal shared that he’s spoken with Subban to warn him about slew-footing opponents, and advised that his predecessor, Brendan Shanahan, had done the same. There have already been two suspensions this season for slew-footing, one to Dallas Stars winger Ryan Garbutt and the other to Brad...

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Leafs’ Winnik Squirts Linesman With Water Bottle

Linesman Mike Cvik is a big guy. Huge. At 6-foot-9, the man they call ‘Honda’ towers over nearly every other player on the ice. He’s probably not a guy you want to mess with. For whatever reason, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Daniel Winnik felt otherwise. Winnik, seated on the bench next to Joffrey Lupul, squirts his bottle on to the ice – and right on to Cvik. It’s great watching Lupul try to run damage control to avoid things escalating further. Even better, though, is the look on Cvik’s face. It’s a look of exasperation. The kind you see...

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Preds’ Ribeiro Ejected After Comments to Referees

Mike Ribeiro is not having a good few weeks with the refs. First, he blamed the Predators’ 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on the referees. On Friday against the Avalanche, Ribeiro didn’t wait until after the game to share he thoughts on the officials. This time, it happened with 13:27 to play in the third period. Referees for the game were Wes McCauley and rookie Tom Chmielewski. Linesmen were Mark Shewchyk and Brad Kovachik. Whatever Ribeiro said to McCauley, it was enough to bring his night to an abrupt end. The Preds’ center was sent to the showers early,...

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Linesman David Brisebois Gets Stick Caught In Visor

Late in Saturday night’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames, linesman David Brisebois found himself on the receiving end of a high stick from Oilers center Anton Lander. Lander was tied up with Flames winger Paul Byron as they crossed the blueline. As they battled, Lander’s stick caught Brisebois up high — going under his visor.   Brisebois had to take off his helmet to extricate the offending stick. Thankfully, Brisebois was uninjured on the play. It’s great to see all NHL referees and linesmen now wearing visors, but it’s plays like this that remind you...

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Don Cherry Blames Refs for Goal on Leafs’ Bernier

Don Cherry always has an interesting take on things. When Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier gave up a goal from center ice by Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Cherry pointed the finger at a surprising target — the referees. (The red velvety goodness starts around :40 if you want to skip ahead.) Cherry holds the officials – specifically referee Francis Charron, who dropped the puck to start the period – accountable for not ensuring that both goaltenders were ready to begin play. “Watch Mike Smith, a good Kingston guy right there, my buddy. You see he’s not even ready yet.”...

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