The IIHF and the NHL have announced the officials who will work the 2014 Olympic tournament in Sochi. The group will be represented by seven NHL referees, seven international referees, six NHL linesmen and eight international linesmen.
The following are the NHL officials who will work the event:
Dave Jackson – Referee
Mike Leggo – Referee
Brad Meier – Referee
Tim Peel – Referee
Kevin Pollock – Referee
Kelly Sutherland – Referee
Ian Walsh – Referee
Derek Amel – Lines
Lonnie Cameron – Lines
Greg Devorski – Lines
Brad Kovachik – Lines
Andy Mcelman – Lines
Mark Wheler – Lines Read more
In the United States, there’s a small chain of theaters that takes a no-nonsense stance against inconsiderate boors who talk and/or text during movies. This makes me feel warm and happy on the inside – but it also incenses me to know that we can demand basic human etiquette for this entertainment experience, but not for hockey.
I’m not talking about instituting a code of conduct for fans attending NHL games. That wouldn’t be tantamount to herding cats, it would be like cats herding cats.
No, I’m talking about the scourge of amateur ice rinks across North America: the referee-abusing, sport-debasing, criminally overzealous hockey parent and/or coach.
The scum of the hockey world was back in the news this week after word broke that the number of Saskatchewan amateur officials plummeted 20 percent – from 200 in 2012 to 160 this year. And why? Because parents and coaches didn’t have the common decency to treat officials like fellow human beings.
If we can confront and shame bullies in other public spaces – schoolyards, the internet (although they often can be confused as the same place) – we sure as hell can identify and ostracize anyone who thinks it’s within their rights to demean and threaten a referee or linesman.
Bill McCreary and Don Koharski both served as NHL officials for 25-plus years and called some big-time games. Both are part of the prestigious 1,500-game club and, between them, did everything from Stanley Cup finals, to Canada Cups, to the Olympics. Read more