Month: July 2015

NHL Promotes Referee TJ Luxmore and Linesman Trent Knorr

Referee TJ Luxmore and linesman Trent Knorr have been promoted to full-time officials in the National Hockey League. These appointments fill the spots vacated by the retirements of veteran officials Paul Devorski and linesman Jean Morin. Referee TJ Luxmore Luxmore, a native of Timmins, Ontario, worked 21 games this past season, the most of any part-time referee.  He’s officiated 23 NHL games, having made his debut in the 2013-14 season.  He most recently officiated the AHL’s 2015 Calder Cup Finals between the Manchester Monarchs and the Utica Comets.  Luxmore finished 2014-15 ranked near the league average in power plays per...

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Ref Reading: In Support of Linesmen

Originally published by the New York Post, from writer Steve Soldwedel, in 2008: Last night in Newark, at the beginning of the second period of the game between the Devils and the Sharks, one of the linesmen, Thor Nelson, lost his edge, tumbled to the ice and slid into the boards. As a result, he sat out the period and play resumed with two refs and only one linesman. I expected one of the refs to take up Nelson’s duties, going back to the old one-ref system, but neither orange-banded zebra did. With only one linesman shouldering the duty...

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Ref Cam for Sharks’ Prospect Game

The San Jose Sharks bring us the first ref-cam of the offseason.  Here’s a look at their recent prospect scrimmage from the zebras’ point of view.  Some highlights: 0:50 – The game’s first penalty call. For this one, the penalty boxes stayed empty. Instead of two-minute minors, penalty shots were handed out for infractions.  1:10 – “I got it, I got it,” says the ref as goaltender Liam Herbst loses the puck in his skates after the whistle. 1:20  – The ever elusive broken stick goal.  2:37 – The ref offers some words of support to linesman Mark Parshutkin. ...

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Linesman Thor Nelson Eyes NHL Comeback

Linesman Thor Nelson hasn’t seen NHL ice in nearly two years. He’s hoping to bring that streak to an end this fall. The veteran linesman has been sidelined with concussion-related symptoms since December of 2013. Nelson’s injury happened while trying to break up a fight in Winnipeg early in the 2013-14 season. “I remember leading up to the incident,” Nelson told KX News. “I stepped in between two guys who were fighting and I don’t remember the rest which happened to be a right cross that caught me instead of one of the players.” Nelson remained in the game,...

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IIHF Hosts 2015 Officiating Management Seminar

The IIHF recently held its bi-annual Officiating Management Seminar in Frankfurt, Germany.  The event, organized under the slogan “Together Ahead For The Future,” was attended by 52 delegates from 33 national ice hockey associations. Those participants included on-ice officials, officiating managers, supervisors, instructors, and referees-in-chief from smaller IIHF member nations.   From the IIHF: As a part of the four-year IIHF Officiating Committee strategic plan the seminar was organized in order to focus attention on the development of officiating programs and assist the national associations on the development of young on-ice officials and management staff. The program of the seminar included topics...

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NHL Referee Garrett Rank Wins Ontario Mid-Amateur Golf Tournament

Congratulations to NHL referee Garrett Rank on his tournament win at the Golf Association of Ontario’s Investors Group Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Rank finished the tourney, held at Kitchener’s Westmont Golf and Country Club, seven-under-par. “It feels good!” said an elated Rank. “Any time you can win a tournament and put yourself in a winning position, it feels really good.” Rank battled the elements – specifically, the wind – to claim victory. “I almost blew away on Tuesday, it was that windy!” said Rank. “I just knew that everyone had to play in it and I just played my way...

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