I'm talking about the guys who sit behind the goal and turn the red light on. Countless times I've seen these guys not turn the light on when goals were scored and turn the light on when the puck never went in. With the whole review system now and place and the two referee system, is their job just for show at this point?
They should have them sit up in the booth and be permanant goal judges... there really is no reason to have them on the ice. If they're going to say when a goal has been scored they should have a better reference frame than from behind the goal.
I consider myself a traditionalist when it comes to hockey but I have to go along on this one. The stripes don't even glance at the goal judge anymore. I'm pretty sure technology exist that could light the lamp when the puck crosses the goal line. Lose 'em and sell 4 extra tickets.
I flew up to Detroit last week for the Coyotes game. I knew i had third row seats behind the net.
When I got there, i thought they were awesome seats
Then the game started
Luckily a few seats to our right were open so we were able to move down a couple seats, which made it a little bit better
Exactly...not only are goal judges pretty much useless, but they obstruct a good amount of seats. I sat maybe 20 rows behind the goal for a game this season and between the goal judge blocking much of the goal and the black netting making it hard to see play at the other end of the ice, I would've rather been in the cheap seats in the upper corner of the arena.
All you need is a guy in a booth or room somewhere watching a couple of HDTV's that are focused solely on the goal (maybe two camera angles each) and a button he can push to light up a couple of red lights behind the goal.