Sunday, April 18, 2010

From Too Many Men to the NHL Situation Room Blog...and Back

               Kevin Pollock, NHL Official photo courtesy of K. Pollock

by Lisa Ovens

I know once a penalty is called you can't do much about it, so I'm not prone to bitch and moan about it while writing (yeah, while are lucky you don't hear some of my rants and general whining - teehee). But over the course of my research on a "too many men" call in last night's Canucks/ Kings playoff game, I came across this blog on

The NHL Situation Room Blog

This is where Hockey Ops reviews and decides disputed goals. Plus, find out the "why" behind those calls. You get the NHL's official ruling first.

Yes, another page to bookmark and follow, along with your hockey twitters, blogs and fan message boards, all the while keeping one eye on the game!

And since the topic of referees is a hot one during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I invite readers to check out this informative two part interview with NHL ref, Kevin Pollock (pictured above), written by H&'s very own Jan Snyder. You'll be directed to the old Lisa's Lounge at Enjoy!
Necessary Evil: Part Two                           

And now back to Too Many Men...

After listening to Canucks coach Alain Vigneault's post game comments about the Too Many Men call...
It was the wrong call... we got two referees on the ice with red stripes on their sweaters. They should make the call if they think it's a penalty and not the linesmen.- Alain Vigneault

...I thought I should post a little something on the linesmen/ referee relationship...(and then go write a song titled Too Many Men)

33.4 Reporting to Referee - The Linesman shall give to the Referees his interpretation of any incident that may have taken place during the game.
The Linesman may stop play and report what he witnessed to the Referees when:
(i) There are too many men on the ice
Rule 74 (ii) Articles are thrown on the ice from the players’ bench or penalty bench
Rule 75 (iii) When team personnel interfere with a game official
Rule 40 (iv) When a player or goalkeeper who has lost or broken his stick receives one illegally
Rule 10 The Linesman must report upon completion of play, any circumstances pertaining to:
(i) Major penalties
Rule 20 (ii) Match penalties
Rule 21 (iii) Misconduct penalties
Rule 22 (iv) Game Misconduct penalties
Rule 23 (v) Abuse of Officials
Rule 40 (vi) Physical Abuse of Officials
Rule 41 (vii) Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Rule 75 (viii) Double-minor penalty when it is apparent that an injury has resulted from a high-stick that has gone undetected by the Referees

For more on NHL rules, please visit the NHL rule book section at

Happy Hockey Sunday :o)

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