Day: February 22, 2016

Pens’ Letang Penalized for Using Opponent’s Stick

When your stick breaks, you get desperate. It’s hard to defend — and nearly impossible to score — without one.   In those moments, you have a few options. You can struggle in the defensive zone and try to block shots.  You can grab a stick from a teammate.  You can head to the bench for a replacement. You cannot, though, play with an opponent’s stick, as Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang found out:  Letang was given two minutes for playing with an illegal stick, along with a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct by referees Mike Leggo and Eric Furlatt.  Here’s what the...

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Retired NHL Referee Paul Stewart on Cross-Training Officials

A recent run of referee injuries has drawn attention to the NHL’s options when it comes to back-up officials.  In the playoffs, each game is assigned one standby official. In the Cup Finals, a referee and linesmen are both ready on standby in case of injury or illness.  For the most part, NHL officials are not interchangeable when it comes to those with the orange armbands and those without. While officials often grow up working both sides of the whistle, they fall into one role as their careers progress. Referees work their way up as referees; linesmen work their...

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Sportsnet’s Steve Dangle: Let’s Talk About Refs

Sportsnet’s Steve Dangle has never been shy about sharing his thoughts.  Last week, he set his sights on the NHL officials.  Dangle tackles bounces of officials, make-up calls, stare-downs, and the ejection of Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice.  From Sportsnet: Referees have been brutal lately. Sure, you might think that NHL officials might be brutal all the time. I don’t think that’s the case. In fact, I’m usually willing to sympathize with them. After all, they have a hard job. Lately, however, officials have been completely screwing up and having a massive impact on the outcome of close...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 2/22/16

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins – 7:00 EST Referees Chris Rooney (#5) Games 2015-16: 50 Career Games: 951 First NHL Game: Nov 22 2000 Birthplace: Boston, MA   Rooney NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5.3 20 5.3 PP/Gm 2.9 31 3.2 Penl/Gm 3.6 37 4 PIM/Gm 8.8 34 9.6 % of Penl on Home 47% 29 48% More Penl on Road 14% 6 8% Home Win % 62% 7 53% Home Rec. 31-19     Games to OT/SO 20% 28 23% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 33% 40% 27% Rank 19 9 30 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14...

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Hawks’ Rozsival Avoids Suspension For Zucker Hit

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival won’t be suspended for his hit on Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker during Sunday’s Stadium Series game.  The hit happened with 4:50 to play in the second period, with the Wild leading 4-0 over the Blackhawks.   Rozsival was given a five-minute major for interference, along with a game misconduct, by referees Chris Lee and Steve Kozari.  Zucker had to be helped off the ice.  After the game, Wild coach John Torchetti called it an ‘upper body injury’ and advised that Zucker had remained in the building, rather than having been sent to the...

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