This week, retired NHL linesman Brian Murphy joins the show to talk about his career, developing officials, and his upcoming induction into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

Todd and Josh also cover a missed thrown stick at Kraken vs. Red Wings, Detroit’s Ben Chariot caught playing without a helmet, Ottawa Senators’ Brady Tkachuk picks up a late instigator penalty in a fight with the Sabres’ Alex Tuch, and Calgary’s Rasmus Andersson gets suspended and loses his appeal, the Washington Capitals lose a goal to a Coach’s Challenge, Ref Appreciation Night for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, and more!


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The Scouting The Refs Podcast is a weekly look at the world of officiating and player safety within the National Hockey League, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world. We’ll break down the calls and the rules behind them to help understand why a penalty or suspension was – or wasn’t – handed out. 

Todd Lewis is a veteran broadcaster covering the NHL and other major league sports. Lewis is a former host on the NHL Network and on NHL Network Radio. He’s also worked for TSN, Sportsnet as a host/anchor and is a producer of other programs. 

Josh Smith is the founder of Scouting the Refs, the leading independent site related to hockey officiating which follows hockey officials across the NHL, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world, including news, rule changes and interpretations, suspensions, and statistics on officials and penalty calls.