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11-22-2007, 10:44 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Again, for referees at elite levels, where they are allowed to roam free in the offensive zones, I agree with you.
For referees at the minor hockey level (as high as Midget AAA), who are restricted in their offensive zone positioning, I disagree with you.
For linesmen, I strongly disagree that players shouldn't have to pay attention to where they are. By the time you play Bantam hockey at 13 years of age, you should know where the linesmen have to be.
9 times out of 10 (as a referee or linesman), I'm going to say nothing regardless, unless it's coming towards my head. If a player tells me to get the **** out of the way, I am either going to say something back or ensure you get a penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct (not necessarily for the puck, but for telling me to get out of the way after you rocket a puck in my direction). You will see the same behaviour out of most officials.
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