Day: October 3, 2016

NHL Referee Tom Kowal Heads Home for Hockeyville

You can go home again.  Referee Tom Kowal had just such an opportunity, returning to his British Columbia roots for this year’s Hockeyville exhibition game in Lumby, British Columbia, between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings.  Kowal grew up just 25 minutes west, in Vernon. “I left here a long time ago to chase the NHL,” Kowal, who officiated his last game in Vernon nearly 30 years ago, told “To be able to come back and see family, and see some people I’ve known [since] a long time ago and be part of this community again, this will...

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QMJHL Suspends Val-d’Or’s Nadeau

  The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, suspended Mathieu Nadeau of the Val-d’Or Foreurs for 3 games. The suspension was handed out following an incident that occurred on October 1st against the Victoriaville Tigres.   Full video and explanation via   Here is the rationale that led to the decision: – There was scrimmage in front of the opposing team’s net. – The opponent was pushed on the ice. – The player at fault pushed his opponent with his stick while he was laying on the ice. – The player...

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Ref Roundup: Ref Cam Dissent, Cvik Recovering, No Post Game Handshakes

With the NHL’s regular season approaching, this week’s Ref Roundup revisits a recent retiree, considers cancellation of a post-game ceremony, and checks out some local media coverage celebrating their high-profile officials:   Linesman Mike Cvik is still recovering from a broken bone suffered in his final NHL game [] Ref cam was the big hit of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey… at least for everyone other than the officials. [National Post] No more post-game handshakes in Calgary thanks to poor sportsmanship and concern for officials’ safety [Calgary Sun] Those Calgary refs say there was value in the ceremony after...

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