Day: March 4, 2015

Islanders’ Martin Suspended One Game for Kneeing Stars’ Daley

New York Islanders forward Matt Martin plays a tough, physical game. He’s led the NHL in hits for the past three seasons, and is well on his way to claiming that title for the 2014-15 season. Martin averages nearly five hits per game, almost one full hit more than the second-place finisher over the past four seasons. With all that physicality, he’s bound to cross the line sometimes. It appears he’s done so with his knee-on-knee hit on Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.  Martin has been suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The collision happened...

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Is the NHL Ready for its First Russian Referee?

Is the NHL ready for its first Russian referee? Evgeny Romasko sure hopes so. The 33-year old official is currently working games in the AHL with hopes of donning the stripes for his first NHL game this season. Romasko’s spent five years in the Kontinental Hockey League, with 158 KHL games under his belt. He’s also officiated two international tournaments with the IIHF. Romasko worked the 2013 Under-18 Championship, where he refereed the Gold Medal Game between Canada and the US. The following year, Romasko worked the World Juniors in Sweden, where he made it as far as the...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 3/4/15

Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets – 7:30 EST Referees Tom Kowal (#32) Games 2014-15: 54 Career Games: 863 First NHL Game: Oct 29 1999 Birthplace: Vernon, BC Kowal NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5.5 15 5.4 Power Plays/Gm 3 29 3.1 Penalties/Gm 3.9 32 4.1 PIM/Gm 8.8 35 10 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 16 48% More Penl on Road Team 6% 25 7% Home Win % 48% 19 48% Home Rec. 26-28 Games to OT/SO 20% 31 25% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 37% 32% 30% Rank 6 39 16 Team Records 2014-15...

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