Month: June 2015

Referee Kelly Sutherland Reflects on 2010 Stanley Cup Final

Referee Kelly Sutherland’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final was a memorable one. The veteran official handled the 2010 Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers.  When we spoke with Sutherland earlier this year, he talked about that series and being on the ice for the overtime Cup-clinching goal: “The Stanley Cup Finals are truly, truly tough to beat. That experience when you’re doing the game, especially an overtime game that wins the Cup.” “I remember that Patrick Kane goal. It happened so quick and was a weird shot. Nobody really knew it was in for a...

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Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Referees & Linesmen – 6/15/15

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks – 8:00 EDT Referees Kelly Sutherland (#11) Playoff Games 2015: 14 Career Playoff Games: 101 Reg Season Games: 946 First NHL Game: Dec 19 2000 Birthplace: Richmond, BC   Playoffs Regular Season Goals/Gm 5.7 5.0 PP/Gm 3.0 3.1 Penl/Gm 3.9 4.3 PIM/Gm 8.1 11.0 % Penl on Home Team 49% 49% More Penl on Rd Team 6% 2% Home Win % 50% 51% Home Rec. 7-7 36-34 OT Games 14% 24% Calls by Period   1st 2nd 3rd Reg Season 31% 38% 32% Playoffs 40% 31% 29% Team Records   ’15 Playoffs ’14-15...

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Tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Referees & Linesmen – 6/13/15

  Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning – 8:00 EDT Referees Wes McCauley (#4) Playoff Games 2015: 15 Career Playoff Games: 74 Reg Season Games: 753 First NHL Game: Jan 20 2003 Birthplace: Georgetown, ON   Playoffs Regular Season Goals/Gm 4.2 5.3 PP/Gm 3.1 2.8 Penl/Gm 3.9 3.7 PIM/Gm 8.8 9.4 % Penl on Home Team 49% 52% More Penl on Rd Team 4% -6% Home Win % 60% 42% Home Rec. 9-6 32-45 OT Games 33% 31% Calls by Period   1st 2nd 3rd Reg Season 36% 38% 27% Playoffs 36% 32% 32% Team Records   ’15 Playoffs...

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Ref Kelly Sutherland Mic’d Up for Stanley Cup Final Game 4

Another Cup Final game, another mic’d up look at the action from ice level. Referee Kelly Sutherland gives us a listen. Some highlights: 1:13 – Sutherland: “Good battle! Watch the interference! Shaw’s good there! [Whistle] Good, guys. It’s a good battle! Just take it, Andrew, it’s a good battle.” 1:19 – Sutherland and Chicago’s Andrew Shaw discuss the previous play.Sutherland: “Good job not going back at the goalie, Andrew.”Shaw: “Oh, is that why you blew the whistle like four times?”Sutherland: “Yeah, I knew what you were thinking, cause I think like you.”...

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NCAA Considering Rule Change For Incidental Contact with Goaltenders

Like the NHL, the NCAA is working hard to try to clarify calls relating to contact with goaltenders.  The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee has proposed a change to the current rule, which rules that goals must be disallowed when an offensive player initiates contact withe the goaltender.  Under the new recommendation, it would be at the referee’s discretion to determine whether that contact interfered with the goaltender’s ability to play his position. “The college hockey community, at all levels, voiced concern that goals were being disallowed more than they should be,” said Michian State head coach Tom Anastos,...

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Tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Referees & Linesmen – Game 4

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks – 8:00 EDT Referees Kelly Sutherland (#11) Playoff Games 2015: 13 Career Playoff Games: 100 Reg Season Games: 945 First NHL Game: Dec 19 2000 Birthplace: Richmond, BC   Playoffs Regular Season Goals/Gm 5.9 5.0 PP/Gm 3.0 3.1 Penl/Gm 3.9 4.3 PIM/Gm 8.2 11 % Penl on Home Team 48% 49% More Penl on Rd Team 8% 2% Home Win % 46% 51% Home Rec. 6-7 36-34 OT Games 15% 24% Calls by Period   1st 2nd 3rd Reg Season 31% 38% 32% Playoffs 38% 32% 30% Team Records   ’15 Playoffs ’14-15...

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Tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Referees & Linesmen – Game 3

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks – 8:00 EDT Referees Kevin Pollock (#33) Playoff Games 2015: 15 Career Playoff Games: 151 Reg Season Games: 1017 First NHL Game: Mar 28 2000 Birthplace: Kincardine, ON   Playoffs Regular Season Goals/Gm 4.2 5.2 PP/Gm 3.0 3.2 Penl/Gm 3.9 4.2 PIM/Gm 9.4 10.7 % Penl on Home Team 48% 48% More Penl on Rd Team 9% 7% Home Win % 60% 51% Home Rec. 9-6 38-37 OT Games 33% 29% Calls by Period   1st 2nd 3rd Reg Season 30% 40% 30% Playoffs 35% 33% 33% Team Records   ’15 Playoffs ’14-15...

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Mic’d Up: Stanley Cup Final – Game 2

Some of the highlights from referees Kelly Sutherland and Dan O’Halloran: “Showtime, baby,” says one of the officials at center ice. “Let’s do it.” You can hear a lot of the communication between the refs and the players: “Clean hit,” “Good check,” “Let him up. Let him up!” Later in the game, Sutherland is watching for possible goaltender interference as Chicago’s Brandon Saad positions himself in front of the Tampa goaltender: “Watch the crease.  Brandon’s good. He’s good in...

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Congrats to our REFcore Playoff Pick ‘Em Winner!

Think you can spot the best NHL officials?  Now we know exactly who can.   The season started with over 30. Only 20 made it to the postseason. Each round, the number gets smaller. Make your selections below and tell us which officials will make it to the Conference Finals and all the way to the Stanley Cup Final! Hundreds of you submitted your picks for the NHL referees that will work the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.  Like the Stanley Cup, though, only one can win. Congratulations to Logan J.  He scores a free prize pack from REFcore that...

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Tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Referees & Linesmen – Game 2

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning – 7:15 EDT Saturday’s game features referees Kelly Sutherland and Dan O’Halloran.  The duo has worked just one game together this postseason – Game 7 of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.  That game saw just six penalties — three for hooking, which is below their combined average of 8.2 penalties called per playoff game.  Linesmen Shane Heyer and Pierre Racicot, working tonight, also handled the lines for that one. Sutherland’s making his first Stanley Cup Final appearance since handling Canucks/Bruins in 2011. This will be his 100th...

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