Day: December 1, 2014

Kerry Fraser on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show

Retired NHL referee and current TSN columnist Kerry Fraser was recently a guest on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show.  He talked with host Richard Pollock about his career, starting out as an official, and how the game has changed since his early days in the league. Listen now: Audio via Be sure to subscribe to their podcast and follow them on Twitter (@illegalcurve). They’re much more than just Winnipeg Jets...

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Ref Mike Leggo Demonstrates ‘Distinct Kicking Motion’

Referee Mike Leggo is a veteran official with over 1,000 games under his belt.  He’s been around long enough to get pretty comfortable in his job, which makes for some memorable moments. Leggo famously advised Edmonton’s Shawn Horcoff after taking a penalty, “You can’t do that.” Now, he’s clearly illustrating what the NHL’s Situation Room means by a ‘distinct kicking motion’ on this disallowed goal: That no-goal from the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau, had it counted, would have brought Calgary within a goal with just over three minutes to play in the third.  Calgary did manage to score in the final minute...

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NHL Referee Mike Leggo’s 1,000th Game

Just a week after celebrating his 50th birthday, NHL referee Mike Leggo reached another milestone: 1,000 games in the NHL.  He becomes the 24th NHL referee to hit that mark. Here’s a look at the on-ice ceremony to honor Leggo prior to Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings. Joining Leggo on the ice for his milestone game were referee Brad Watson and linesmen Shane Heyer and Darren Gibbs. Working His Way Up Leggo got his start as a linesman in the WHL before donning the armbands and becoming a referee.  He also spent time in the OHL, ECHL, IHL,...

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Tonight’s NHL Officials – 12/1/14

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers – 7:00 EST Referees Brad Watson (#23) Games 2014-15: 19 Career Games: 1048 First NHL Game: Mar 7 1996 Birthplace: Regina, SK Watson NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 4.9 29 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.9 4 3.3 Penalties/Gm 4.9 9 4.4 PIM/Gm 11 14 10.6 % of Penl on Home Team 47% 24 48% More Penl on Road Team 14% 14 9% Home Win % 74% 1 48% Home Record 14-5 Games to OT/SO 16% 30 25% Team Records 2014-15 2013-14 TBL 0-0 4-2 NYR 1-0 3-1 Tom Kowal (#32) Games 2014-15: 19...

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