Month: July 2016

Henderson’s Career In Danger After Wideman Hit, Surgery

Linesman Don Henderson is still recovering from a hit that ended his season — and possibly his career.  Henderson was hit from behind by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman on January 27, 2016.  While Henderson finished the game, he was later diagnosed with a concussion and missed the remainder of the season.  Embed from Getty Images   The veteran official reportedly had neck surgery three weeks ago to repair two ruptured disks.  The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont spoke with an NHL official about Henderson’s status: “I know a lot of people are saying stuff like, ‘Hey, Wideman’s not that type...

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NHL Promotes Referee Garrett Rank

Referee Garrett Rank has stepped up his game on the links. Now he’ll be taking a big step up on the ice. The NHL has reportedly promoted Rank to full-time referee.  He spent the past season splitting time between the NHL and the AHL.  The 28-year-old official received the news on Wednesday. Rank, who recently repeated as the Canadian Mid-Amateur Champion, is currently playing at the RBC Canadian Open.    Rank made his NHL debut on January 15, 2015, working a game between the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres. He was joined on the ice by referee Paul Devorski and...

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NA3AHL Looking For Officials

The NA3AHL is looking for a few good officials in the New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania area. The North American 3 Atlantic Hockey League (NA3AHL), formerly known as the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, is an Tier III Junior ice hockey league with 8 teams throughout the eastern United States. The MJHL was part of the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League organization. The NA3AHL officiating staff is part of USA Hockey Officiating Development Program (ODP) and officials are assigned games across the spectrum of junior hockey (USHL, NAHL, NA3AHL) and the Southern Professional League. The multi-tiered structure provides officials the...

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AHL Looks to Decrease Fighting with Rule Changes for 2016-17

The American Hockey League will be making some minor changes to its rule book for the 2016-17 season. The modifications, which look to decrease fighting and eliminate timeouts after icing, were agreed upon at the AHL’s Board of Governors’ annual meeting, held at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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WHL Rule Changes to Permit Kicked-In Goals

The Western Hockey League has some rule changes on the way for 2016-17, including one that will change the way goals are scored. The modifications were adopted at the league’s Annual General Meeting, held in Vancouver in June. Embed from Getty Images     Puck Off Skates Rule Clarification The WHL clarified the rule regarding pucks off players’ skates which enter the net. The clarification states that, unless the puck is in the goal crease, a puck that enters the net off of a player’s skate shall be ruled a goal. This will eliminate the need for a decision by...

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Nine New Officials Join QMJHL for 2016-17

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has added nine new officials to its staff. The four referees and linesmen were promoted from Hockey Quebec’s Programme Provincial des Officiels Élites (PPOE). They’ll join the league for the 2016-17 season.

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Brantford Referee Jim Carman Honored for OHL, Olympic Career

From the Brantford Expositor:  It was hard not to notice Jim Carman when he wore black and white on the ice. But Carman, a Mount Pleasant resident who refereed in the Ontario Hockey League for 29 years, never thought he’d be noticed the way he was on Thursday night at the Best Western-Brant Park Inn. “You never really think about it,” Carman said prior to a ceremony where he was inducted into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of recognition. “You’re just focused on your career and doing the best job that you can do. When your career is over, it’s over. “It’s pretty amazing and very humbling.” Carman joined fellow honourees Dan Mandich and Dan Gratton (hockey) and Terry Ireland (football) as inductees on Thursday. Carman went in as a builder for his work as a hockey referee. The now 64-year-old played minor hockey and found changing jerseys about as difficult as those who came before and after him. “As a player you never missed an offside, you never missed a call,” he said. “Now all of a sudden you’ve got this (referee) jersey on and everybody is at you.” Despite how tough it can be at local rinks as a referee, Carman said he came across a lot of good minor hockey people who took him under their wings. That allowed him to gain confidence and get...

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IIHF Holds Annual Officiating Summit

From the IIHF: The 2016 IIHF / National Association Referee-in-chief Summit took place last week in Frankfurt operated by the IIHF Office and the IIHF Officiating Committee. 49 delegates – referee-in-chiefs and directors of officiating – representing 42 different countries took place at the meeting on 1st/2nd July in the city in Germany. The summit completes the four-year cycle of the committee and its strategic plan “IIHF Officiating Tree of Success” that was set up in February 2013. The summit program included the IIHF Office’s vision on officiating development and co-operation with its member national associations regarding officiating development,...

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Officially Speaking: The 10 Most Misundersood Rules in Amateur Hockey

By Mark Lichtenfeld.  Originally published at LetsPlayHockey.com:   Got it! The rarest of published species. A Priority Mail delivery in ultra-safe bubble wrap, testifying to the importance of the unique written contents. Of course I’m referring to the USA Hockey gold-covered rulebook, a gainfully-earned benefit to those few of us veteran referees who have served the hockey community for 25 fully-paid, consecutive years. It’s cool. Polished. Chic. But with it comes responsibility. You know, the dissemination of complex information, perfectly broken down to catch the attention, and retention, of the hockey community at large. The kind of thing you...

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NHL Hires Four New Officials for 2016-17

Four officials will reportedly be joining the NHL ranks this summer.  Here’s the new batch of recruits:   Pierre Lambert, Referee Lambert, 28, began officiating at age 14 in his hometown of St-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec. He refereed three seasons in the QMJHL, working 116 regular season games and 18 playoff games including the 2013 President’s Cup Final. He moved up to the ECHL for the 2013-14 season, where he handled the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals three straight years.  He also spent time in the AHL over the past two years, refereeing 68 AHL games in 2015-16. “Lambert is one of...

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