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Poll: How do you feel about the officiating standard in the NHL's regular season? (22 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you feel about the officiating standard in the NHL's regular season?

  1. There's a good balance (5 votes [22.73%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 22.73%

  2. Too many penalty calls (7 votes [31.82%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 31.82%

  3. Not enough penalty calls (10 votes [45.45%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 45.45%

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#1 -Vintage Canuck-

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:50 PM

How do you feel about the officiating standard in the NHL's regular season?

Good balance? Too many penalty calls? Not enough penalty calls?

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:53 PM

Tooooooooooooooooooo many calls







Not being made.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:54 PM

Not enough.
NHL is going back to pre-lockout clutch and grab, and it's starting to slow the game down again.
We don't need as many penalties as there was in 05-06, but they need to start enforcing the rules again.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:08 PM

the regular season officiating standard is not the problem... it's the playoffs.

Just because there is more on the line in the playoffs doesn't mean the officiating standard should change. You should still have to play by the rules.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:43 PM

none of the above. It differs from game to game and team to team. but overall its okay in the normal season but playoffs officiating is horrible.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:39 PM

  • Inconstant Officiating
And not just biased against the Canucks. It happens to many teams constantly (phx, njd, etc in the playoffs). The NHL has by far some of the worst officiating in professional sports.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:14 AM

Call it all and the basic infractions will stop. I hate the crapshoot on calls. Maybe it will be called, maybe it won't. It should be the same from the first minute to the last and from regular season to the finals.
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Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

The officiating in the NHL is consistently inconsistent. In the playoffs, it stinks.

The NHL has a rule book. If officials called the games by the letter of the law, there would be no issues. The problem is, every referee has his own "style" and each interprets the rules in a different manner. It is this interpretation that causes the inconsistencies.

I'm all good with officials making mistakes. After all, to err is human. Refs choosing to ignore infractions and placing personal judgements on calls are both problems, however.

Use the rule book. It was written for a reason.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:47 AM

None of the above, it's incosistent. Game to game, period to period, player to player the rules are applied differently. By far the worst officiated of the pro leagues in North America.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 04:43 PM

None of the above, it's incosistent. Game to game, period to period, player to player the rules are applied differently. By far the worst officiated of the pro leagues in North America.


Guess you missed my post right above yours, eh, JLumme? :)

I agree completely with what you said.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:20 AM

As others have noted, it's not so much the number of calls, so much as the inconsistency of the officiating.

Players have no idea what will and won't be called in any given situation, which is ridiculous.



Overall, the officiating in the NHL is akin to a pile of fresh excrement.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:48 AM

Inconsistent! I don't blame the refs, although they do make some shocking calls sometimes. No one seems to know what the rules of the game are. They change so often. Until the officiating problem is solved, our league will be a laughingstock. How are any new fans supposed to begin enjoying the game when they can't understand the rules.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:26 AM

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:40 AM

I've always said make whatever rules you want... but be consistent. there should be no reason that the rules change in the playoffs. this isn't the wwe this is the NHL (referring to Weber face smash on zetterberg and Daniel getting punched repeatedly).

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:24 PM

The 2 referee system is a fail.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:28 PM

The reffing I'd say has an overall balance when you look at individual games...each team will have their own share of missed penalties and debatable penalties...

However, the problem (as many others have stated) is the inconsistency of the refs. In game 1, a player could be touched lightly by the opposing player's stick and a hooking penalty will be called. Then for some odd reason, in game 2, a player slashes down the opposing player and the game continues without any stoppage in play.

And I'm not ONLY referring to the playoffs....the players (to me at least) seem confused the entire season about what is a penalty and what isn't a penalty for some reason, the refs decide to change the rules based on each individual game...


Do you guys know why the NFL is the most successful league in America? It's because the reffing is consistent. From game 1 to the final game of the season to the Superbowl, the reffing is consistent.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 06:51 AM

Personally, I don't ask for the officials to be right, but for the officials to at least be consistent.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 11:37 AM

At this point, saying that a ref is NHL calibur is close to slander.

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