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02-26-2013, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
If I didn't watch as much hockey, I'd probably agree.
However, the inconsistency is just too much. It's not like we're talking about stuff happening behind the plays (although if I recall correctly, that was the point of adding a 2nd ref). Most often than not it's happening exactly where the puck is.
They let things go but then start calling the exact same things they let slide. Makes no sense.

But they get their directives from someone. I think that's the root of the problem.
Watching a lot of hockey is not good enough. Unless you've actually refed at a decent level then you have no idea how hard it can be. The view from the stands/camera is totally different from on the ice.

The 2nd ref is to help with seeing stuff behind the play and also make it so the ref is not too far behind the play (Since NHLers skate much faster than your average ref). But the second ref will cause consistency issues, one ref might let something slide, and the other ref doesn't call it because he's far away/doesn't see it. The play moves to the other side of the ice, and now the second ref sees it and calls it because his "line" of what consititues a penalty is not the same as the other ref.

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