Month: September 2017

NHL Adopts Rule Changes for 2017-18 Season

The National Hockey League has made a few tweaks to the rulebook for the upcoming season.   Download the 2017-18 NHL Rulebook   Minor Penalty for Failed Offside Challenge The league has upped the stakes on an offside challenge. A failed challenge will now result in a minor penalty for delay of game rather than just a forfeited timeout. From Rule 78.7: If the result of the challenge is that the play was “On-side”, the goal shall count and the team that issued the challenge shall be assessed a minor penalty for delaying the game. Coaches challenged goals for...

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NHL Referee & Linesman Pronunciation Guide 2017-18

With so many new officials this year, there’s a whole bunch of new names to learn.  The NHL has provided a guide to pronouncing those officials’ names.  We’ve made a few changes based on our experiences and simplified the guide to exclude some of the more common names whose pronunciation is already familiar to most.  (Pronunciation key included at the end) Referees Reid Anderson (REED AN-dur-suhn) Jake Brenk (BREHNK) Francis Charron (FRAN-sihs   sha-RAHN) Tom Chmielewski (shihm-ehl-ESS-kee) – that’s a silent ‘W’ there Gord Dwyer (DWIGH-uhr) Eric Furlatt (fur-LAHT) Trevor Hanson (HAN-suhn) Ghislain Hebert (ZHIHZ-lehn  AY-bair) Jean Hebert (ZHAWN  AY-bair)...

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NHL Starts 2017-18 Season With Six New Officials

Six new officials – two referees and four linesmen – will be joining the NHL ranks for the 2017-18 season. Referees Corey Syvret #42* Syvret, 28, always dreamed of making it to the NHL, just not as an official.  The 6’2″ defenseman was a sixth-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2007.  After his OHL career ended, he headed to the ECHL where he spent most of his professional career, save for a handful of AHL games with the Rochester Americans, Portland Pirates, and Toronto Marlies. Syvret was part of the Alaska Aces team that claimed the ECHL’s...

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Rookie Ref Reid Anderson: “Get In There!”

Referee Reid Anderson, just hired by the NHL, will likely make his National Hockey League debut later this season. While the league’s officiating managers my have liked his skating, judgment, positioning, and comportment, they may have also been impressed by his mic skills. In just his first preseason game, skating alongside veteran Ian Walsh, Anderson was caught giving a refresher on serving penalties.   “Get in there” pic.twitter.com/tj1c8x5Mqo — Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) September 20, 2017   Hey, it’s the preseason.  Perhaps Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon wasn’t quite sure where he was supposed to go.  Nice of the ref to help...

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NHL Referees, Linesmen Head to China

The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings are headed to China for a pair of preseason games.  The two clubs will meet for a pair of games — Thursday, September 21 in Shanghai and Saturday, September 23 in Beijing. They’ll be joined by a quartet of NHL officials overseeing the matches. Referees Dean Morton and Justin St. Pierre, along with linesmen Darren Gibbs and Vaughan Rody, made the 13-hour trip from the West Coast to officiate the 2017 China Games.     From the NHL: Bringing preseason games to China is a piece of the National Hockey League’s...

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