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02-01-2014, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
The idea of arena or scorer bias should be put to rest.
Interesting. Yet by the early to mid 50's accusations of precisely that by The Rocket. And I dont believe he was prone to conspiracy theories. Honorable man, integrity.... another curiosity is how in Chicago one night in 1962, Jacques Plante in backing into his crease during the warmup discovers the crossbar isnt hitting him in the back where he's accustomed to it being. So they measure it, and sure enough, the nets at both ends rather than being regulation are 2"'s shorter than there supposed to be.

The league sends Vern Buffy out to measure them everywhere, Montreal, Detroit, Toronto & New York all fine, but in Boston, nets are 3/4"s of an inch narrower at the Bruins 1st & 3rd period home end of the ice. Visitors side, regulation width. Now, 3/4"'s of an inch might not seem like much but it actually is in hockey, as is a whopping 2"'s in height. And who knows for how long Chicago & Boston were getting away with this although theyd never admit that it was deliberate. Manufacturers error. Had nooooo idea. So sure, very likely some "funny stuff" going on with off-ice officials employed by some, not all, but some of the clubs. Chicago as well, score board so high up, hard to read. Official at ice-level using stopwatches for regulation time, penalties.

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