Wednesday, April 20, 2016


It’s been a rough first round of the playoffs for the NHL.
Along with the officiating being the center of attention we have seen everything from dangerous hits, fans throwing things on the ice, inappropriate slurs, players being suspended and replay reviews on almost every goal.
Most fans are frustrated on goals being taking away after a coach’s review that a play was offside.
The main focus of the NHL is to have the right call to be made.
To me it doesn’t matter if it takes 30 seconds or 3 minutes to make the decision.
Get it right.
It doesn’t matter if the play is 1 inch offside.
Get it right.
It doesn’t matter if the flow of the game is slowed down.
Get it right.
If you disagree with any of these thoughts then just imagine if your favorite team lost a game where the winning goal shouldn’t have counted because the replay showed it was offside.
Now do you care how long the review would take, how close the play was or if the game is delayed?
I’m not sure if like offsides being reviewed but since the rule in being used by the NHL, do what it takes to get it right.
The one change that has to be made is have all replays reviewed by the Head Office who have access to watching on 50 inch monitors and not by the on-ice officials looking at a mobile device.
By the time the officials ask for a review, the head honchos in Toronto would already have the final decision.
Get it right by doing it right.