The End of the Goal Judge?
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09-30-2003, 05:08 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
I am not sure why it does not load but here is the story! Kind of eliminates that good free seat someone gets.............
High-tech makeover for hockey's red light district?
State-of-the-art nets could eliminate the need to 'go upstairs'
CanWest News Service
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
OTTAWA - One Ottawa man's bright idea could put hockey goal judges around the world out of work.
Jim Boone, a self-described hockey nut, has designed a net with goalposts that flash a glaring red light to indicate when a goal has been scored.
The net is making its professional debut in an American Hockey League exhibition game between the Rochester Americans and the Cleveland Barons on Saturday night in Rochester, N.Y.
Boone says the the glowing goalposts are a more sensory-thrilling experience than the traditional tiny red light placed above a goal judge's head.
But more importantly, plans are in the works to use electronic sensors so that the nets light up the instant a puck crosses the goal line -- eliminating the need for the not-so-flawless human eye to determine if a goal has been scored.
Nerve-racking waits while officials examine instant-replay videotapes could be no more. Infamous non-goals, such as the one that New Jersey Devils Jay Pandolfo slid past Patrick Lalime of the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, will be a thing of the past, Boone said.
"It'll cause less delays and speed up the game," he said.
Boone, whose company is called Litnets, has researched the puck sensors and says the project is doable -- now he just needs the capital to get it off the ground.
If Saturday's debut is a success and general managers in the AHL decide to outfit their arenas with his invention, it'll be a matter of time before he starts manufacturing the puck sensors, he said.
So goal judges are safe for the time being -- but not goalies.
The blast of light that shoots out of the post is never flattering for the person wearing the goalie pads, Boone said.
"Goalies are going to absolutely detest this thing. It's going to give them a sunburn. There's going to be a lot of broken goalie sticks over the crossbar.
"It puts the guy in the spotlight."
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