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05-05-2006, 02:21 PM
Harry Kakalovich
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Just want to clarify how the NHL rewards refs during playoff hockey. Every playoff after every round the refs who do the best job are rewarded by being advanced to the next round. Those who do a poor job (such as the refs who did not call that high stick) get let aside. The finals are always refereed by the best refs around. Therefore these refs (can't remember the names) who missed just about the most blatant high stick major I've ever seen are not being fired, they've just been outperformed by other officials. And it happens after each round, which explains why they were refing somewhere else shortly afterwards.

The head of officiating sits down and watches every refs work and grades them, that is how these things are decided. I saw a show on it once. It's pretty interesting, and about as good a system as I can think of to keep refs honest.

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