Good on B.C. amateur league for harsh response to repellent abusive fans

Adam Proteau
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The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association released Friday an open letter warning members they’re pondering a “spectator-free weekend” of action in response to fans abusing officials and players. And it’s about time other amateur leagues across the continent followed their lead and took similarly harsh measures to address a growing problem.

Minor hockey leagues have realized for years now they have an issue on their hands: the overzealous, expectant hockey parent – the alleged “adult” who thinks it within their right to abuse teenaged referees or players, as if they had some sort of final say on a subjectively-officiated sport. VIAHA president Jim Humphrey made it clear they are ruining the game and the ability of young people to learn and grow in different roles and remain in the system: Read more

Preds coach Peter Laviolette at center of hockey’s first, uh, winking scandal

Adam Proteau
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Many things get said between NHL coaches and on-ice officials during a game. But it’s safe to say the conversation that recently took place between Predators head coach Peter Laviolette and referee Kevin Pollock will not be seen again anytime soon.

During a game between the Blackhawks and Preds at the end of December, Laviolette took umbrage with what he perceived to be Pollock winking at the Blackhawks’ bench. And he did not take it well at all. At. All.
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High school coach charged after allegedly shoving, biting referee

Jared Clinton
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A high school coach in Massachusetts has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct following an incident in which he allegedly chest-bumped, shoved and bit a referee following his team’s 9-1 loss on Wednesday night.

According to a police report, the altercation was fuelled by an icing call that Taunton High School coach, 46-year-old William C. Kenney III, disagreed with. Kenney was released and pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf, according to a report from The Boston Globe. Read more

Wild’s Ryan Carter gets strangest penalty call of the season

Jared Clinton
Ryan Carter (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)

Every season there’s at least one call that you’ve never seen before. This season’s comes from Minnesota, where Ryan Carter was whistled for, well, technically, it was interference.

During the Saturday’s Wild contest with the visiting Winnipeg Jets, Carter took two consecutive penalties. The first call was a tripping minor. But the second call is the strange one. Before the eight-minute mark of the first period, Carter played the buck before entirely exiting the penalty box. That’s right: because Carter only had one skate on the ice, he immediately headed right back to the sin bin. Read more

‘Buzz kill’ dry scrape gets scrapped by GMs

Ken Campbell
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When the NHL announced it would be adopting a dry scrape of the ice before the overtime period, it flew in the face of all the gains it had made since the 2004-05 lockout. Ever since then, the league had been obsessed with the flow of the game and keeping things moving along. Then to try to reduce the number of shootouts, it ground everything to a complete halt with the dry scrape.

Well, the scrape was scrapped yesterday when the GMs voted unanimously to get rid of it. The new rule, which will see two Zambonis replaced by good, old man and woman power behind shovels, will come into effect for Saturday’s game, meaning the dry scrape was an experiment that will have lasted a total of 294 games. Read more

Female referees to officiate Southern Pro game for Girl Scout Night

Jared Clinton
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On Friday, Nov. 21, when the Southern Pro League’s Columbus Cottonmouths take on the Fayetteville FireAntz, referees Erin Blair and Katie Guay will be making the calls.

Both highly decorated and with a ton of international experience, the female duo was selected to work the game, in partnership with the Cottonmouths and USA Hockey, as part of Columbus’ Girl Scout Night. Former NCAA players, Blair and Guay have been part of some of the most notable international women’s tournaments, and this will further add to their list of achievements. Read more

Coach’s Challenge would be right call for NHL

Stu Hackel
Mike Babcock

Phil Kessel picked up an outlet pass from Maple Leafs teammate Dion Phaneuf last Wednesday and sped down right wing into the Bruins zone. Near the faceoff dot, he snapped a shot past Tuukka Rask for the game’s first goal, the eventual game winner. Immediately Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and some teammates protested that Phaneuf’s clearing play had bounced off the glove of Toronto’s Roman Polak who was seated on the bench, and the play should have been killed, the goal disallowed.

During the next TV timeout, Boston coaches and players protested to the refs and, from his spot between the benches, the NBC Sports Network’s Pierre McGuire heard them and conveyed that to the US TV audience. Before the period had ended, NBC had shown the replay three more times as McGuire and his partner Mike Emrick batted around the topic of the NHL finally adopting a Coach’s Challenge. Read more

American League issues rule change after goaltender’s 2-on-0 antics

Jared Clinton
Leggio Overhead

American League goaltender David Leggio will now forever be remembered for the creation of what we can now call, “The Leggio Rule.”

On Sunday, Nov. 2, in a game in which Leggio’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers took on the visiting Springfield Falcons, a mishandled breakout turned into a shorthanded 2-on-0 attempt for the Falcons. Leggio, ever the quick thinker, took it into his own hands to nullify the attempt: Read more