Day: April 11, 2014

Ref Reading: NHL Linesman Vaughan Rody Reaches Out To Attacked Official

NHL Linesman Vaughan Rody his seen a lot of ugly moments on the ice over the years.  None have bothered him as much as what he’s seen take place at lower levels in Canada.  Referees are regularly being subject to abuse and, more frightening, attacks by players and parents.  One such incident happened last month in Manitoba, where a puck was shot at an official and the RCMP were ultimately called in. Rody reached out to the targeted official, emailing him: “Our crests may be different colours, Scott, but make NO mistake: 66 National Hockey League officials, plus every...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees – 4/11/14

Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals – 7:00pm Referees: Wes McCauley #4 3.4 minor penalties per game 10.4 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (4.7% more minors called on road team) Record: CHI 0-4, WSH 2-3 Blackhawks have not won a game this season (0-4) with McCauley refereeing. Francis Charron #6 3.5 minor penalties per game 10.1 total PIM per game Calls even home/road (1.2% more minors called on home team) Record: CHI 3-2, WSH 1-5 Capitals have lost four straight with Charron wearing the stripes. Linesmen: Greg Devorski #54, Scott Driscoll #68 Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings –...

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The End of the Shana-ban Era; Quintal to Take Over

The Shanaban era is over. Brendan Shanahan has stepped down from his role as head of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.   He’ll be heading from the league offices to a new job right around the corner, taking on the role of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Taking over is Stephane Quintal.  Quintal played 16 seasons in the NHL, spending time with the Bruins, Blues, Jets, Canadiens, Rangers, and Blackhawks.  The defenseman posted 63 goals and 180 assists in 1,037 career games.  He also piled up 1,320 career penalty minutes along with one suspension, so he’s somewhat familiar with discipline.  Quintal was suspended one game back in 2003 for intent to injure after trying to kick Bob Boughner after the linesmen broke up a fight between the two. What will change? Puck Daddy’s Nick Cotsonika breaks it down: Shanahan set up the DPS so it could run without him, and it will continue to operate essentially as it has. Damian Echevarrieta, the vice president of player safety and hockey operations, has been with the DPS since the start and will keep running the video room. Brian Leetch, the former star defenseman, and Patrick Burke, a former scout, are in their first seasons with the DPS and will stay in their roles. From the NHL: At the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Brendan Shanahan immediately relinquished responsibility for overseeing the...

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