Referee Gord Dwyer was mic’d up for Saturday’s World Cup Of Hockey game between USA and Team Europe.
Dwyer starts off the night with some motivational speaking. “Good job, boys,” he offers from beside the goal cage after whistling to stop play. “Hey Sudsy,” he says to fellow referee Kelly Sutherland before offering a fist bump. “Good start, buddy.”
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“Holding the stick,” he confirms with his officiating partner. “Right on, Sudsy, same thing.”
Europe’s Andrej Sekera complained to Dwyer about some uncalled infractions five-on-five. Dwyer talked it over with Sutherland, giving us some great insight as to the referee discussions in between the action.
Dwyer talks with Team Europe’s bench about a possible challenge on Team USA’s goal, pending the video review. Once the verdict comes down as “no goal,” Dwyer discusses it with USA’s Ryan Suter.
He later explains to Suter the team’s options when it comes to a Coach’s Challenge, spelling out that the only eligible challenges are for goaltender interference or an offside play. “Those are my two options?” asks Suter. Ultimately, USA head coach John Tortorella opts not to challenge for offside.
Thanks to Gord Dwyer and the NHL for sharing this listen to the officials at ice level.