Thread: NHL Refereeing
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02-26-2013, 02:01 PM
Kriss E
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Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
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.
That's the whole point. Rules should be the same for everyone. They're not.
That's why you have the guy calling a penalty 30 feet away from him while the guy that's 2 feet from it let's it go. It's freaking ********.

But the consistency this year is particularly bad. Even Darren Dreger said the complaints he's been receiving from GMs this year is the worst he's seen since working the NHL. So, it's not just fans noticing it.
Dreger said this morning that officiating will most likely be the main subject of discussion in the next GM meeting because teams across the league are completely lost. He also said that the officiating had been discussed previously, but that the refs are not doing what was demanded.

Never said Refereeing is easy. Doesn't mean that they're doing a good job.

That's coming from Dreger, who's reporting what GMs have told him. So, if you don't want to take my word for it, take Dreger's.

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