Day: April 2, 2016

Linesmen Andy McElman, Brad Lazarowich To Retire

Two of the National Hockey League’s long-time linesmen will be calling it a career on Sunday.  After a combined 33 years and over 3,400 regular season games, linesmen Brad Lazarowich and Andy McElman will work their final games in the NHL. Lazarowich will hit the ice for the final time Sunday in Winnipeg with referees Wes McCauley and Chris Lee along with linesman Shane Heyer as the Jets take on the Minnesota Wild.  McElman’s career will come to a close in Chicago, as he works the Original Six matchup between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins with fellow linesman Brian Murphy and referees Tom Kowal and Brad Watson.  Brad...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 4/2/16

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders – 1:00 EST Referees Ghislain Hebert (#22) Games 2015-16: 52 Career Games: 344 First NHL Game: Mar 2 2009 Birthplace: Bathurst, NB   Hebert NHL Rank NHL Avg 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...

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Referee Greg Kimmerly Retires After 20 NHL Seasons

After 20 years in the league, referee Greg Kimmerly will take his final skate on NHL ice. The Toronto native will work his last National Hockey League game on Saturday as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The game will be Kimmerly’s 1,138th in the NHL. He’ll take the ice alongside referee Dean Morton and linesmen Greg Devorski and Scott Driscoll. Kimmerly made his NHL debut on November 30, 1996, working a 6-2 victory by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Boston Bruins. Jaromir Jagr – the only player from that game still active in the NHL – picked up a...

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Spector on Referee Fines, Mistakes, and Accountability

Sportnet’s Mark Spector wrote this week about the oft-asked questions around accountability for the on-ice officials: I keep hearing the question: When do the referees get fined? How are they accountable? Why can they get away with mistakes? One: Officials with poor records don’t get playoff work. That costs them money — not out of their pockets, but potential earnings they don’t get. And it’s not small money. Then, when new younger officials arrive on the scene, it’s the non-playoff officials who get replaced first. Two: Players, scouts, GMs and coaches make mistakes all the time. Do we think a...

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Blackhawks’ Keith Suspended 6 Games for High-Sticking

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended for six games for a high sticking incident that took place during Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.  After Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle knocked him to the ice, Keith turned over and swung his stick at Coyle, connecting with the bridge of Coyle’s nose.  Coyle left the ice for treatment by medical personnel but did return to the game.  Keith was given a match penalty and ejected from the game by referees Tim Peel and Kyle Rehman. With the suspension, Keith will miss the remainder of the regular season and the Blackhawks’ first postseason game.  From...

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