Day: January 6, 2016

Lugano’s Kienzle Calls Out Opponent for Diving at Spengler Cup

HC Lugano defenseman Lorenz Kienzle does not appreciate divers. During the Spengler Cup Championship game between Lugano and Team Canada, Kienzle was whistled for hooking Canada’s Chris DiDomenico.  On his was to the box, he shared – in very colorful language (NSFW) – his thoughts on the play.  Referees Greg Kimmerly, currently working in the NHL, and Marcus Vinnerborg, formerly of the NHL, agreed with Kienzle’s assessment, though not in so many words.  They hit DiDomenico with a minor for embellishment, sending him the box where he was berated by Kienzle. (Warning: Language) Taken from the Spengler Cup Final:...

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Habs Awarded Penalty Shot After Devils’ Tootoo Pushes Stick

Broken sticks are terribly inconvenient. Whether snapped in the course of taking a shot, at the hands of an opponent’s slash, or while delivering a crosscheck, they leave the stickholder in a tough spot. As players are penalized for playing with a broken stick, they’re required to immediately drop it to the ice. Once there, sticks often remain until picked up after a whistle or behind the play. Unfortunately for the Devils and Canadiens, one such stick remained in the New Jersey zone during play.  As Montreal’s David Desharnais stickhandled along the boards, New Jersey winger Jordin Tootoo pushed the broken...

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Capitals’ Sill Suspended for Hit on Bruins’ McQuaid

From the NHL: Washington Capitals forward Zach Sill has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during NHL Game No. 588 in Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 4:43 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Sill will forfeit $6,182.80. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.       ...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 1/6/16

New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens – 7:00 EST Referees Tom Kowal (#32) Games 2015-16: 35 Career Games: 920 First NHL Game: Oct 29 1999 Birthplace: Vernon, BC Kowal NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5.2 22 5.2 PP/Gm 3.3 17 3.1 Penl/Gm 4.4 6 4 PIM/Gm 10.4 11 9.7 % of Penl on Home 48% 14 48% More Penl on Road 10% 19 10% Home Win % 54% 37 65% Home Rec. 19-16 Games to OT/SO 23% 20 23% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 35% 36% 29% Rank 15 23 19 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14 NJD 2-0 1-3...

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Officially Speaking: Politically-Correct Officiating

By Mark Lichtenfeld.  Originally published at    With the upcoming election season and the ascension of Donald Trump swamping the headlines, the use of “politically correct” is just about everywhere. From newspapers, television and social media, there’s more PC flying around than 10-minute misconducts in a beer league tripleheader. Yeah, PC, the scourge of modern society, affects everything from the college admission process to the on-ice calls from veteran Level 3s.   What do you mean Mr. OS?   OK, now I know most of you non-officials never considered the following scenarios, but in fact, these hockey sagas...

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