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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