Day: February 12, 2014

Today’s Olympic Hockey Referees – 2/13/14

Men’s Olympic Hockey Preliminaries Finland vs. Austria – 12:00 Sochi time / 3:00am EST Referees: Daniel Piechaczek (Germany), Ian Walsh (NHL/USA) Linesmen: Tommy George (USA), Brad Kovachik (NHL/Canada) Russia vs. Slovenia – 16:30 Sochi time / 7:30am EST Referees: Dave Jackson (USA/NHL), Vladimir Sindler (Czech Rep.) Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron (NHL/Canada), Chris Carlson (Canada) Slovakia vs. United States – 16:30 Sochi time / 7:30am EST Referees: Antonin Jerabek (Czech Rep.), Kevin Pollock (Canada/NHL) Linesmen: Mark Wheler (NHL/Canada), Jesse Wilmot (Canada) Canada vs. Norway – 21:00 Sochi time / 12:00pm EST Referees: Mike Leggo (NHL/USA), Marcus Vinnerborg (Sweden) Linesmen: Andy McElman (NHL/USA), Chris Woodworth (USA)   Women’s Olympic Hockey...

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Team USA Loses to Canada On Post-Whistle Goal

Coaches will always tell you to play to the whistle. Based on today’s Canada/USA women’s hockey game, you should also continue playing after it. The Canadians scored their go-ahead goal after referee Anna Eskola of Finland had blown the whistle, signaling the play dead.  Take a look: The whistle clearly blew before the puck crossed the line.  The referee decided to go upstairs for video review, despite the fact that blowing the whistle is not a reviewable play.   Per IIHF Rule Book. Section 3.4: No video review can be requested by Referee on the following situations: a. Whether or not...

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Avs’ Johnson Suspended Two Games for Slash

The NHL might be on hiatus during the Olympics, but the Department of Player Safety never rests. Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the first two games when NHL play resumes.   He’s been suspended for a nasty baseball-swing slash on Islander Frans Nielsen that happened on the last day of NHL hockey prior to the Olympic break.   Take a look at the incident via the NHL’s Department of Player Safety: While Johnson will miss two games, his victim – New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen – will miss a bit more. Isles' Frans Nielsen out a month...

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Puck Crosses Line but No Goal for Japan’s Women’s Hockey Team

Japan’s women’s hockey team lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Russia.  The game could’ve been even closer.  It should’ve been. The Japanese squad appeared to tie the game late in the first, when a shot rolled under Russian netminder Anna Prugova and into the net.  There was no goal signaled on the ice.  Referee Nicole Hertrich quickly dropped the puck for the faceoff, eliminating any chance of video review. (Before anyone claims Russian conspiracy, the referee was German. The linesmen were Denise Caughey of Canada and American Alicia Hanrahan.) Controversy in Russia v. Japan women's hockey!! (Yes, I'm watching…) —...

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