Month: September 2016

KHL Linesman Punched During Fight

Part of a linesman’s job is to break up fights.  It helps to avoid getting involved in them. KHL linesman Pyotr Alyoshin wasn’t able to do so during a game between Sibir Novosibirsk and Metallurg Magnitogorsk.  The 39-year-old official was caught by a punch from Metallurg’s Evgeny Timkin.     Things got rough when Timkin was called for slashing Sibir’s Sergei Shumakov.  As the winger remained down on the ice, defenseman Yuri Sergiyenko skated over to defend his fallen teammate. The two combatants began exchanging pleasantries, along with some gloved jabs.  One of those landed squarely on Alyoshin’s chin. The only penalty handed out by...

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Referee Registration Redux

By Mark Lichtenfeld. Originally published at As regular readers know, when September rolls around the OS inbox becomes inundated with letters and complaints from Level 3 refs around the country beefing about the USA Hockey registration process. From the Central, Pacific and Northeastern Districts, veteran officials continue to pour their collective grievances to OS. Yes, there has always been a consistency to these complaints. Foremost is the time requirement necessary to simply become a registered official. We’re talking SafeSport training, online modules, open-book exam, seminar attendance (with classroom time varying wildly by District) and closed-book exam studying. Let...

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Seven Officials Join NHL For 2016-17 NHL Season

With the retirements of a handful of veteran officials, the NHL had some important jobs to fill.   Here are the seven referees and linesmen joining the National Hockey League’s officiating ranks for the 2016-17 season.    REFEREES Pierre Lambert (#47) 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...

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