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11-20-2003, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by canucklehead17
I disagree that officials don't try to dictate the games. Often I find that there's no middle ground, they either let the players play or they have their whistles in hand to let the players know who's in charge--thus dictating the game. At least in the 1st period tonight, that's what the Refs were doing, trying to dictate the flow of the game.

The referees will dictate to the point of keeping the game fair. That's why there is a such thing as penalties. They don't try to control the tempo of the game. That is done by the players and how they play the game. The referees simply react based on their judgment, to what happens on the ice during the game.

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