Day: April 21, 2014

Kozari Hit in Chest by Puck

Steve Kozari had a scary moment in Monday night’s Game 3 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets when a puck deflected off Brandon Dubinsky’s skate and hit him up high. The veteran official stayed on his feet as the Penguins cleared the zone. Kozari, who doesn’t wear a visor, was fortunate to have avoided serious injury on the play. He stayed on the ice and didn’t miss a shift — or a call.  (Okay, you guys debate about the ‘call’ part…)  ...

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NHL Playoff Series Supervisors: Who Are They?

What do Bill McCreary, Mick McGeough, Don Van Massenhoven, Kay Whitmore, and Kris King have to do with the 2014 NHL Playoffs? The former referees, goaltender, and pugilist are all Playoff Series Supervisors. During each series, the two competing teams get to meet the the supervisor to discuss and concerns they have with the officiating. This helps give the teams – and the series – some consistency. While the referees and linesmen working the games change from night to night, the Series Supervisor oversees the entire matchup from Game 1 to Game 7 (*if necessary). The supervisor then meets...

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Tonight’s NHL Playoff Referees – 4/21/14

Four playoff games in the NHL tonight, all with some experienced officials donning the stripes.  Before we get to tonight’s assignments, here’s some quick stats on the playoff penalty calls so far: Playoff Officiating Stats Minor Penalties per game: Home teams: 4.4 /gm Road teams: 5.1/gm Minor Penalties By Period: 1st: 3.3/gm 2nd: 3.8/gm 3rd: 3.1/gm Minor Penalties per 60mins Regulation: 9.1 minors per 60 Overtime: 4.0 minors per 60 Third Period Penalties: Home Teams: 1.3/gm Road Teams: 1.8/gm Overtime Penalties Home Teams: 0.5/gm Road Teams: 0.7/gm Pittsbugh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets – Game 3 – 7:00pm Steve Kozari #40...

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