Day: March 4, 2016

NHL Referee Dave Lewis Talks Off-Ice Preparation

NHL referee Dave Lewis worked his first NHL game in October of 2013, handling a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Since then, he’s officiated 42 games in the National Hockey League, splitting his time between the NHL and AHL.  Prior to making the show, Lewy spent time in the OMHA, OHA, OHL, ECHL, and AHL.  He also worked a different kind of patrol. Lewis spent five years as a police officer with the Durham Regional Police before being signed by the NHL.  The Pickering, Ontario, native spoke with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association about the off-ice work required to...

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NHL Recruiting Referees, Linesmen with Exposure Combine

The National Hockey League is looking for a few good officials. Many officials work their way up the ranks, starting in stripes at a young age.  Others make the jump from playing to officiating.  The NHL is looking to find the best possible officials from both groups through their summer officiating combine, including former players who may have no officiating experience. “[The 2014 camp] was a great success,” said NHL Officiating Manager Al Kimmel, in an interview with Scouting the Refs during the offseason. “We had 56 participants in our first camp. Out of those 56, we took 12 officials that,...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 3/4/16

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals – 7:00 EST Referees Jean Hebert (#15) Games 2015-16: 59 Career Games: 233 First NHL Game: Mar 30 2011 Birthplace: Moncton, NB Hebert NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5.3 19 5.3 PP/Gm 3.3 14 3.1 Penl/Gm 4.2 12 4 PIM/Gm 9.3 26 9.6 % of Penl on Home 47% 30 48% More Penl on Road 12% 6 7% Home Win % 54% 19 53% Home Rec. 32-27 Games to OT/SO 20% 27 23% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 30% 38% 31% Rank 32 23 10 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14 NYR 1-3 3-3...

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Leafs’ Babcock Blasts Refs After 2-1 Loss

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was not happy with the officiating after his team’s 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild and he wasn’t afraid to say it.  It cost his team a bench minor during the game, and it may cost the coach a bit more — in his wallet.  There were four penalties handed out in the game, all to the Maple Leafs.  The Wild scored on two of their power plays. “I think we got ripped off big time today,” Babcock said after the game. “Two teams played real hard. There wasn’t much between the two. I...

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