Day: April 8, 2016

Linesman Andy McElman’s Final Offside Call

Over the course of his 23-year NHL career, linesman Andy McElman has called countless offsides. Working his 1500th and final National Hockey League game on Sunday, McElman blew the whistle one last time… and it was a close one! Chicago’s Marcus Kruger was just offside prior to Andrew Desjardins’ shot at the empty net.  McElman was there to catch him. While it looked like the toe of Kruger’s skate was on the ice, it was just past the line when the puck entered the zone. Here’s the specifics of the rule, right from the NHL Rulebook: 83.1 Off-side – Players of the attacking...

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Vote Now: Scouting The Refs’ Year-End Awards

The NHL Awards will be given out this summer, with the PHWA currently completing their ballots. Of course, those are just for players, coaches, and GMs.  Here’s your chance to help hand out some hardware to the NHL officials.  Place your votes below for the NHL’s best referee and best linesman of the 2015-16 season.   VOTING IS CLOSED!  Thanks for all your...

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Tonight’s NHL Referees & Linesmen – 4/8/16

Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres – 7:00 EST Referees Tom Kowal (#32) Games 2015-16: 71 Career Games: 956 First NHL Game: Oct 29 1999 Birthplace: Vernon, BC Kowal NHLRank NHLAvg Goals/Gm 5 33 5.3 PP/Gm 2.9 33 3.1 Penl/Gm 4 26 4 PIM/Gm 9.2 31 9.7 % of Penl on Home 48% 17 48% More Penl on Road 8% 19 7% Home Win % 54% 23 54% Home Rec. 38-33 Games to OT/SO 24% 14 22% Calls by Period 1st 2nd 3rd Pctg 35% 38% 28% Rank 10 22 33 Team Records ’15-16 ’14-15 ’13-14 CBJ 3-1 1-4...

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