NHL director of officiating knows the lonesome road

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2013 - 10:43 PM

Chief NHL referee gets an earful about errors and officials’ game performance.

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baconatorDec. 16, 13 7:02 AM

Good article. I admit I'm often the one screaming at the tv calling the refs idiots, morons, ect.... but I know they have a tough job. God knows I couldn't do it.

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sage62Dec. 16, 13 7:04 AM

Don't let this guy off so easily next time, if there is a next interview. Missing ONE call, if you're looking is bad, but forgive-able, but the crews for the Ducks and especially the Sharks game should of had their pay docked for doing a horrendous job. It wasn't just the Konopka call, they sucked the the entire game! They feel bad my behind, I think these crews get their marching orders from the league [to assist teams]. Lest we forget that the NHL is a business and not just a sporting endeavor.

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ranger1873Dec. 16, 13 8:44 AM

Enough calls like the one against Konopka in San Jose and Mike Yeo can get fired. But hey, at least Marc Joannette can "feel bad". Unless and until referees are held to the same standards as players and coaches -- which is to say, demotion to minor leagues or dismissal for poor performance -- we won't see the improvement that players, coaches and above all fans deserve. Sound harsh? All you gotta do is get the call right.

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mbaltonDec. 16, 13 8:45 AM

Refs need to maneuver with the skill of an ice capade star. Avoid collisions with huge 250 lb athletes moving at 30 mph. Be on the lookout for pucks flying at 100 mph. Making the right call is a lower priority than surviving. The solution is to take three of the officials off the ice and put them in a video room, where everything that happens on ice can be instantly reviewed. One on ice official would handle faceoffs. The video refs would be on the PA to make the calls known immediately. Bonus: you'd open up some skating room by removing three unnecessary skaters. The NHL MUST CHANGE OR FOLD BECAUSE THE CURRENT LEVEL OF OFFICIATING IS UNACCEPTABLE.

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toatsmcgoatsDec. 16, 13 9:32 AM

You only need 3 in an officiating crew(Ref, 2 linesman), no more no less.

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joshopsahlDec. 16, 13 2:03 PM

Yet another job that could be better done by robots and lasers.

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jabuyerDec. 16, 13 2:44 PM

Funny. This guy "agreed" to sit down with Russo. He should have begged to do so given the result. This is an puff piece to exonerate and make us feel bad for bad refs. No one doubts their character or that they work hard for the $100-200K they make each year. Unanswered is "what mechanism exists for getting rid of bad refs?" If I screw up at work the way the refs screwed up the San Jose game, I'd have been fired. I wouldn't just miss a chance to work longer, I'd be gone. Instead, we'll see those guys next week. And this isn't an isolated case. Russo complains about missed calls that he sees from the press box on twitter. So why didn't he ask about this issue? What does the head ref think about the concept floating around that a coach could have a limited right of review - maybe one per game - to reverse the worst calls? I guess we'll never know, because we are too busy feeling sorry for refs now....

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marcus100254Dec. 16, 13 2:49 PM

Walkom is a standup guy, have heard him on a few occaisions on XM NHL Home Ice radio. These guys do an extraordinary job under some fairly extenuating circumstances in the fastest team sport on the globe. I usually dont get too upset one way or the other with the refs. Once they have made a call there is usually no turning back from it. NHL has the best refs in the best league in the world. The Shark tilt wasnt great but I am sure they knew it...

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cfgfsmDec. 16, 13 4:21 PM

Refs missed stick to face of Avs player by the Wilds Konopka.The NHL refs are ok but to see complete foolishness try the NBA these guys have no clue.I think they literally guess when to blow the whistle. Take 4 steps called maybe once a game.

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deepsixDec. 16, 13 4:34 PM

While I think all the refs are human and do a pretty decent job, I often wonder how a team like San Jose who we all know going in gets a lot of penalties called against their opposition would not get so many borderline calls. Didn't the Wild have 5 called against them in the first period and the Sharks 2? When the game is back and forth I can't see how the game gets called so uneven?

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