Letter to the National Hockey League Officials Association
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04-27-2006, 07:52 AM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Greys section 325
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Refs are human, they miss calls. Considering Koivu did not have the puck, the chance of a ref or lineman not seeing what happened is greater. It ain't the first time and it won't be the last.
Koivu did not have the puck because Williams' stick was on his eye. The high stick occured when Higgins made a centering pass. The play was right there in front of the ref's face. They might be human, but they should watch the freaking play.
Real question is, if a star like Daniel Briere gets 2 game for accidently high-sticking Leatch, another star, because the call was missed by on-ice officials, shouldn't Justin Williams, a mere plumber, get the same for doing it to a star like Koivu? The league set the precedent and said there would be no difference with officiating during the playoffs. Hopefully they live up to their word.
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