Day: April 6, 2016

Linesman Ryan Gibbons: From Coyotes Draftee to NHL Official

Linesman Ryan Gibbons is wrapping up his first season as an NHL linesman.   He made the jump to the show from Canada’s Western Hockey League, where he spent four years working the lines, also picking up AHL duties in 2014, including the 2015 Calder Cup Finals. He’d always dreamed of making the NHL, but he never expected to do it as an official.  Then a right winger, he was drafted in 2003 by the Arizona Coyotes, taken in the 8th round, 178th overall. While the 6-foot-4 forward spent some time in the ECHL, it took a change in jerseys for him...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 4/6/16

Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers – 7:00 EST Referees Tom Kowal (#32) Games 2015-16: 71 Career Games: 956 First NHL Game: Oct 29 1999 Birthplace: Vernon, BC   Kowal NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5 33 5.3 PP/Gm 2.9 33 3.1 Penl/Gm 4 26 4 PIM/Gm 9.2 31 9.7 % of Penl on Home 48% 17 48% More Penl on Road 8% 19 7% Home Win % 54% 23 54% Home Rec. 38-33     Games to OT/SO 24% 14 22% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 35% 38% 28% Rank 10 22 33 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14 VAN...

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