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07-16-2006, 03:51 PM
Join Date: Dec 2004
Something that I have found rather interesting regarding the 1924 Olympic hockey tournament is that almost all of the 16 games played were officiated (refereed) by other team's players. For instance, Canadian player and captain Duncan Munro served as the referee for the 28 January game of Belgium-USA. And Canadian defenceman Beattie Ramsay was the referee for the 29 January game between France and Great Britain, and also was the referee for the 30 January USA-France match.
The Canadian team's manager William Hewitt served as a referee for the 28 January Sweden-Switzerland game, and for the 31 January Sweden-Czechoslovakia game.
This was not just limited to Canada. American star player Herb Drury was the referee for the 28 January Canada-Czechoslovakia match, and USA goaltender
Albert Lacroix officiated the 31 January Belgium-France game. Another American player, Francis Synnott, served as referee for the 29 January Canada-Sweden game.
Great Britain's player-coach George Elliott Clarkson was the referee for the 31 January Canada-Switzerland game.
France's captain A. de Rauch refereed the Great Britain-Sweden match, Belgium-Great Britain, and the Canada-Great Britain game. And French hockey official R. Lacroix handled the USA-Great Britain game.
IIHF president Paul Loicq of Belgium refereed the final match of 3 February between Canada and the United States, in addition to earlier in the tournament he officiated the SWE-USA and SWE-CZE games.
Can you image such a scenario happening (with other team's players serving as referees) in today's international hockey tournaments (World Championships or Olympics)? That would be very interesting indeed!
Some other facts concerning the 1924 Olympic hockey tournament, a total of 255 goals were scored in the 16 games, for an average of almost 16 goals per game, a level of goal-scoring output that has never been equalled. This also was the first international hockey competition played according to new rules that divided the game into three 20-minute periods. And the Olympic organizers were very concerned that pucks shot over the boards into the snowbanks might trigger an avalanche, that they built a huge screen behind the hockey rink located at the base of Mont Blanc.
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