Day: March 26, 2015

Referee Tim Peel to Work 1000th NHL Game

National Hockey League referee Tim Peel has done this many times before. Tonight, though, it’ll be different. For 999 regular season games, Peel has pulled on the black-and-white stripes, laced up his skates, and taken the ice. When he drops the puck between the Canadiens and Jets tonight in Winnipeg, he’ll join a select group of NHL officials who’ve worked 1,000 games.  Peel will be working his milestone game with referee Brad Watson and linesmen Brad Kovachik and Lonnie Cameron.   Peel, a native of Hampton, New Brunswick, joined the NHL Officials Association in 1995. He suited up for his first National...

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QMJHL Mourns Loss of Long-Time Referee Luc Lachappelle

Long-time QMJHL referee Luc Lachapelle has passed away at age 61 after a battle with liver cancer, according to the Journal de Montreal. Lachappelle was an institution in stripes on the QMJHL ice.  His 22-year career, from 1974-1999, encompassed a total of 936 games – 896 as a referee and 40 as a linesmen.   He ranks third among all Q referees with 746 regular season games worked, behind only Nic Dutil and Eric Charron, both of whom are still in the league. “He was respected by all the players and all the teams,” said QMJHL Director of Officiating Richard Trottier. “He had...

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Blue Jackets’ Boll Suspended 3 Games For Illegal Check to Head

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without winger Jared Boll for the next three games. Boll has been suspended for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon. The hit took place at 4:02 of the second period when the two teams met on Tuesday night in Columbus. “Boll elevates into the hit, driving his right shoulder directly into the side of maroon’s head,” says Patrick Burke of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, “making it the main point of contact. This is an illegal check to the head. […] Head contact on this play is...

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Not Enough Men On the Bench – Pens Start Shorthanded

With injuries taking a toll on their lineup, it looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins will be starting the game shorthanded on Thursday night when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The team plans to dress just 17 skaters, one short of the minimum required under the CBA. From Pensburgh’s tragically-named Hooks Orpik: [The Penguins] sent [forward Andrew] Ebbett back down to bring [defenseman Derrick] Pouliot up to give the Pens 11 forwards and 6 defensemen for the St. Louis game. Ehrhoff was going to play as well to give the Pens a normal 18 skaters, even if they would be...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 3/26/15

Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins – 7:00 EST Referees Eric Furlatt (#27) Games 2014-15: 65 Career Games: 865 First NHL Game: Oct 8 2001 Birthplace: Trois-Rivieres, QC Furlatt NHL Rank NHL Avg Goals/Gm 5 34 5.3 Power Plays/Gm 3.5 6 3.1 Penalties/Gm 4.4 10 4.1 PIM/Gm 10.2 16 9.9 % of Penl on Home Team 48% 22 49% More Penl on Road Team 9% 13 6% Home Win % 54% 8 47% Home Rec. 35-30 Games to OT/SO 22% 28 25% Calls by Period Per 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 29% 40% 30% Rank 37 5 18 Team Records 2014-15...

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