Day: February 3, 2016

Flames Wideman Suspended 20 Games For Hit on Linesman Henderson

Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended 20 games for his hit on linesman Don Henderson.   Deliberations took nearly two hours at the league offices, with Henderson, NHL Officials Association (NHLOA) President Dan O’Halloran, and NHLOA Chief Legal Counsel Harry Radomski in attendance. The Flames were represented by team president Brian Burke, general manager Brad Treliving, and assistant GM Craig Conroy. Wideman was present, as were representatives from the NHLPA including Mathieu Schneider. The play happened in the second period of the game between the Flames and the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, January 27 in Calgary.  Wideman, as he skated...

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Can Linesmen Call Penalties?

Normally, penalty calls are made by the referees.  Linesmen are left to handle icing and offside violations.  They can also stop play for a number of reasons, including hand passes, pucks played with a high stick, injuries, and a handful of other situations.  They can stop play for situations where there are too many men on the ice, when objects are thrown on the ice from the bench or penalty box, or when a player receives a stick illegally.  In those cases, the linesman will report the issue to the referee, who makes the call.  They can also report...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 2/3/16

Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens – 7:00 EST Referees Kevin Pollock (#33) Games 2015-16: 43 Career Games: 1049 First NHL Game: Mar 28 2000 Birthplace: Kincardine, ON   Pollock NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 4.8 33 5.2 PP/Gm 2.8 31 3.1 Penl/Gm 3.8 29 3.9 PIM/Gm 9.5 21 9.5 % of Penl on Home 50% 3 48% More Penl on Road -1% 35 8% Home Win % 65% 20 65% Home Rec. 28-15     Games to OT/SO 21% 22 23% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 30% 42% 28% Rank 36 6 23 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14 BUF...

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Linesman’s Frozen Whistle Delays Game

Always carry a backup.  Linesman Devin Berg may have only worked a handful of NHL games, but he learned a valuable tip from his partner on Tuesday night.  Veteran linesman Tony Sericolo found himself the victim of an unfortunate equipment failure when his whistle malfunctioned early in the game between the Minnesota Wild and the New York Islanders.  Sericolo hustled off the ice to the officials’ room to grab his spare. Once he returned to the ice and tested out the now-working whistle, he shared a few laughs with the players on the Minnesota bench.  Oh, and as for...

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No Further Discipline for Flyers’ Gudas For Clipping

Philadelphia Flyers blueliner Radko Gudas won’t face further discipline for clipping Montreal’s Lucas Lessio in Tuesday night’s game.  Gudas came in low, connecting with the left knee of the Canadiens player. There was no immediate call on the hit, and the Flyers regained possession of the puck. Moments, later the whistle blew to halt the game. With play stopped, veteran linesman Greg Devorski reported the penalty to referees Steve Kozari and Kyle Rehman, who assessed the major penalty. Related:  Can Linesmen Call Penalties? Gudas was give a five-minute major for clipping, which is defined by NHL Rule 44: “Clipping is...

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