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02-26-2009, 02:17 PM
Gino 14
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Originally Posted by EmptyNetter View Post
What?? There's a big difference between complaining about every non-call and alerting an official to a recurring problem. Proper protocol is for a player to tell his captain and the captain to mention it to an official during a stoppage. Something along the lines of, "Hey, ref. I understand some of these guys are beginners but could you talk to them about keeping their stick on the ice?" It makes the ref aware of a safety issue, the ref cautions the other team that he's going to start sending players to the box if it continues, then play resumes. Players need to control their sticks and they don't always hit you harmlessly in the cage. I got butt ended in the neck hard enough to have a rectangular abrasion mark for about a week.
When I'm reffing I have no issues with a guy approaching me about a problem, I know I don't see everything. I'll watch for the issue and if it comes up, fine. But, it works both ways, if I find the guy complaining is trying to get a call, he may get it, just not the way he's hoping.

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