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05-22-2013, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by BTCG View Post
I've noted for years that, after doing the math, and arriving at the fact that some 98-99% of referees are consistently from the same country (Canada), the only way we'll ever be able to repair this problem is to open the ranks to refs from other countries (namely, those from European countries).

BUT.... we were unable to score in those final 2 games, and that has little bearing on the refereeing.
You maybe onto something here BTCG...

Under Poile we had mainly a North American team for the most part. Sure towards the end he got some Euros in the mix but still we were mainly NA. During that stretch, I think it was some 15 years in a row, we ended up every year with MORE PPs than PKs. Under GMGM ..well this was the FIRST year we had more PP than PK..we were +1.

With GMGM we noticed a slight shift at first and then after a few years we had the Jagr/Lang/Nylander/Zubrus/Kucera/Bondra/Gonchar/Calle etc etc...then post fire sale we have a lot of Euros especially among our top players and our captain. Goalies (outside of Holtby) too.

And then some of our NA players ...Chimera and now Ribs seem to get under the skin of the stripes so that can't help.

If we look at the Penguins and Rangers (two teams who seem, at least, to get the benefit of the doubt) they are mainly NA players.

Something to think about.

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