Day: March 18, 2016

Flyers’ VandeVelde Suspended 2 Games for Elbowing

Philadelphia Flyers winger Chris VandeVelde has been suspended two games for elbowing Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.    The hit took place with 30 seconds remaining in the first period of Wednesday’s game in Chicago.  VandeVelde was given two minutes for elbowing from referees Jean Hebert and Tom Chmielewski.  VandeVelde and Toews are former college teammates.  The two played on the same line at the University of North Dakota, under current Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol. ...

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University Study Claims Referee Ethnicity Bias

French Canadian officials favor French Canadian players according to a new study from Brock University’s Kevin Mongeon. Kevin Mongeon looked at penalty calls over a span of three seasons, separating the data by ethnicity of official (French or English) and player (French, English, or European).  After adjusting for score effects, Mongeon concluded that French Canadian referees tend to call more penalties on English-speaking players than French Canadian players.  Mongeon recently spoke with CBC’s Lisa Lago about the report. From the paper’s abstract: Motivated by an endogenity issue between score margin and penalty events, this paper tests for ethnicity discrimination...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 3/18/16

Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres – 7:00 EST Referees Ghislain Hebert (#22) Games 2015-16: 52 Career Games: 344 First NHL Game: Mar 2 2009 Birthplace: Bathurst, NB Hebert NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5.2 25 5.3 PP/Gm 2.9 32 3.2 Penl/Gm 3.7 35 4 PIM/Gm 8.4 39 9.6 % of Penl on Home 51% 2 48% More Penl on Road -5% 39 8% Home Win % 60% 9 53% Home Rec. 31-21 Games to OT/SO 23% 20 23% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 32% 44% 24% Rank 29 2 38 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14 OTT 2-3 1-3 2-1...

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Hard Work Paying Off for AHL Linesman Landon Bathe

After watching his dad suit up with the Broad Street Bullies, Landon Bathe dreamed of one day making it to the NHL. He never planned on doing it as an official. Initially, Bathe looked to follow in his father’s footsteps. Frank Bathe played 224 games and piled up 542 penalty minutes over the course of eight seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings. The younger Bathe worked hard to get his shot. He battled his way up from the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, earning an AHL deal with the Milwaukee Admirals. He split time between the Admirals and...

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