Enough Is Enough: NHL Officiating Is a Bad Joke, Requires Total Overhaul

November 19th, 2009 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
The NHL has been in existence for over 80 years.

In that time, the game has changed tremendously.

From the number of players on a team to the equipment they use to play it, hockey today is vastly different than it was decades ago.

Save for one aspect.


As it was in 1926, the on ice official has the final call, the ultimate say, the total authority to call the game as he sees fit.

This must change.

The league has used video review for years, but it is slightly less useless in aiding officiating than the fans in the stands.

True, it has been used to determine if a goal was scored or not.

But what many don't realize is that the referees still have ultimate authority to determine when a goal is scored, regardless of what the video review reveals.

Additionally, in cases where a goal is clearly scored, the referee can waive it off if he determines it was scored illegally.

Again, regardless of whether or not his assertion is proved to be wrong.

Like last Saturday in Tampa Bay.

With the Lightning in a 1-1 tie with the Los ...

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