Day: October 23, 2015

Referee Keith Kaval Becomes First North American Ref In KHL

Referee Keith Kaval made international hockey history today. When he took the ice to referee the game between Sochi and Vityav, Kaval became the first North American official to work a game in the Kontinental Hockey League. Kaval suited up alongside referee Pavel Komarov and linesmen Alexei Medvedev and Nikita Novikov.  The game saw a total of 10 penalty minutes along with two penalty shots.  He spoke prior to working his first KHL game: Referee Keith Kaval about his forthcoming work at Vityaz – HC Sochi match: — KHL_English (@khl_eng) October 23, 2015 Kaval also becomes just the eighth...

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Stars’ Demers Suspended 2 Games for Elbowing

Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers has been suspended two games for elbowing Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The play happened with just over three minutes to play in the third period of Thursday night’s game. Demers was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing by referees Francis Charron and Dean Morton.    Demers was apologetic after the game. “I just mistimed it. I hope he’s all right,” Demers said. “I just tried to counter-hit, and it was a little bit too early. It wasn’t malicious.” Stars coach Lindy Ruff spoke about the hit, but wasn’t expecting...

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