Month: September 2015

Officially Speaking: Respect The Ref

By Mark Lichtenfeld.  Originally published at With the 2015-16 hockey season ready for faceoff, OS wants to thank its loyal readers who have utilized this column as an educational tool to better understand the internal dynamics, struggles and responses to irrationality that form the integral stuff of veteran ice hockey officials everywhere. See, that’s what this column has always been about. Some call it a laser-like megapixel focus on the veteran Level-3 hockey referee, without which the sport of amateur ice hockey would suddenly transmute into a dysfunctional exercise of organized mayhem. Yup, OS isn’t a PC “you-make-the-call”...

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Referee Bob Langdon Does Reddit Hockey AMA

Referee Bob Langdon has had quite a career.  To quote the old Hank Snow (or Johnny Cash) song, he’s been everywhere, man. Langdon worked 66 games in the National Hockey League from 2001-2006. He also officiated in the AHL, ECHL, Central Hockey League, International Hockey League, Colonial Hockey League, United Hockey League, All-American Hockey League, Oddset Ligaaen (Denmark), Ontario Hockey League, and the Ontario Hockey Association.     View image | Langdon worked his final OHL game on Saturday, September 26.  On Sunday, he sat down for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session via Reddit Hockey.  Here are some highlights:  Players & Coaches Who’s the best player you...

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Bruins’ Rinaldo Swats Linesman Racicot

Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo is known for getting physical on the ice. He just needs to make sure he keeps those battles against other players on the ice and not against the officials. Things were heated in Thursday’s game between the Bruins and New York Rangers. After hitting Ranger defenseman Tommy Hughes awkwardly into the boards, Rinaldo was jumped by Tanner Glass. After the two were separated, Rinaldo was escorted to the bench by veteran linesman Pierre Racicot. Rinaldo appeared to object, pushing Racicot’s arm away. Rinaldo explains, via the Boston Herald: “He said ‘You’re kicked out’ and I wasn’t kicked...

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No Discipline for Blue Jackets’ Clarkson for Kneeing

David Clarkson takes his preseasons very seriously. In 2013, he was suspended 10 games for leaving the bench to join an altercation during a preseason game. On Thursday, Clarkson once again found himself at the mercy of the Department of Player Safety. The Blue Jackets forward delivered a knee to Minnesota Wild winger Justin Fontaine. Referees Steve Kozari and Dave Lewis gave Clarkson a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. Since the game was not televised, the NHL requested a copy of the game video from the Columbus Blue Jackets, per the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline. After...

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Sabres’ Akeson Avoids Discipline for Hit on Sens’ Greening

Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Akeson will not face supplemental discipline for his high hit on Ottawa Senators forward Colin Greening. Referees Ghislain Hebert and Dave Lewis – the latter of whom had a front-row seat for the hit – did not call a penalty on the play.    After further review, it seems the Department of Player Safety agreed with the non-call: (1/3) After today's hearing the Department of Player Safety has determined there will be no supplemental discipline for Jason Akeson. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) September 25, 2015 (2/3) Akeson's skates are on the ice at impact, so...

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Canucks’ Weber Takes Out Linesman Don Henderson

It’s only preseason, but Vancouver Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber delivered a regular-season-style check to linesman Don Henderson in Monday night’s game between the Canucks and San Jose Sharks. Officially, Weber finished the night with just one hit – a first-period bump on San Jose’s Ben Smith. Linesman Don Henderson likely feels...

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NHL Linesman Lonnie Cameron Gives Back at Hockeyville

When the San Jose Sharks take on the Vancouver Canucks in North Saanich, BC as part of the 2015 Kraft Hockeyville game, one hometown boy will be looking forward to hitting the ice — linesman Lonnie Cameron.  From the NHL: “When I step out on the ice, the hairs on the back of my head will be going off,” Cameron said. “I grew up 12 blocks from the rink. I’ve been looking forward to this date on the calendar.” Going into his 20th year in the NHL and with more than 1,100 games under his belt, it takes a...

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Swedish Player’s Penalty Box Fail

It’s never fun when you’re sent to the penalty box.  Just don’t make it worse for yourself. Defenseman Niclas Burstrom of Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League did just that. In a penalty-filled second period, Burstrom was called for cross-checking, putting his team down two men.  Frustrated, he kicked the boards on his way to the penalty box.  Bad idea.    Even though HV71 scored on the ensuing power play, Skelleftea reclaimed the lead on a goal by Burstrom. Way to redeem yourself, Niclas…   (h/t to Daniel Moritz...

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Officials Selected for CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game

The rosters are ready to go.  The coaches – Derek Plante and Jeremy Roenick – are working on their game plans. Now all that’s left are the officials.  USA Hockey has selected the two referees and two linesmen who will work the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-Americans Prospect Game.  Referees Sean Fernandez and Jeremy Tufts will hit the ice alongside linesmen William Hancock III and Brent Hooks.  The All-American Prospect Game will take place on Thursday, September 24 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. It features 42 of the top U.S.-born prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL...

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ECHL Officials to Work Traverse City Tournament

The annual Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament is going into its 17th year, with eight National Hockey League teams taking part.  Once again, the officiating for the tournament will come from the ECHL. The fourteen on-ice officials set to work this year’s tourney have either spent time in the ECHL or will be joining the league for the 2015-16 season. ECHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst and ECHL Officiating Development Coach Mike Pearce will handle all the scheduling and oversight for the on-ice crews. “The Detroit Red Wings, along with Ann Reeves and her staff at Center Ice,...

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