I dont think its the league, or Bettman handing down the orders to stomp our team with calls but I think its just the issue with so many different opinions on what the calls constitute as. There needs to be rules and regulations for the refs as well.
How much training and classes are required to become a NHL referee?
There does seem to be some ambiguity with this rule and also the kicking motion. It's such a difficult sport to officiate I think they should focus on making the rules more clear and concise so that less is left up to interpretation. Why not make it if the puck or the player stops on a penalty shot it's no goal, and any time the puck is knocked in with any motion (kicking or not) it doesn't count? It would be harder to screw that up, so we would have more consistent officiating.
As for training and classes required to become an NHL ref--it is almost impossible to work your way up that far, or any minor league. Think of how virtually impossible it is to become a professional hockey player, and then realize that become a pro ref is even much more exclusive than that. It's not like you just send your resume, fill out an application, check off the box that asks if you can skate, and wait to be called in for an interview.
While I'm on this tangent, I can't stand the people who say the refs suck or are blind, etc. I know this isn't what you're saying here, but those people really just don't get it and have obviously never reffed a game in their life. Things happen at such a ridiculous pace in this sport, especially at the pro level, and the on-ice officials are right in the middle of the action where it happens so much faster than we see it happen in our zoomed out view on TV or in the stands. Now when the video goal judge, who has the luxury of watching plays happen over and over and over again at a much slower pace, gets a call wrong, that's when I get frustrated.
Edited by devilsfan26, 05 November 2011 - 12:06 PM.
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