it right back on two free throws - from miao1234's blog

Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn. .ca. Keep up the great work Kerry, always enjoy reading your posts at TSN. Maybe you can use these questions, not game related but more on the officials. Is there any talk among the officials between periods of play on the ice, meaning players to watch out for, the flow of the game, etc.? Also, what happens after a game? Are the officials contacted by the NHL regarding certain calls, review of the game, certain plays? In general, the life of an on-ice official once they arrive at the rink until they board their next flight to a new city. Thanks, Paul Kukla - Kuklas Corner Hi Paul: Thank you for the shout-out and your general question that allows me to provide a dressing room full of insights presented in this lengthy column, which I hope you find both informative and interesting. I likewise enjoy reading the extensive material you assemble and update frequently on Kuklas Corner. Lets begin by thinking back in time to an NHL that allowed the Officials to demonstrate their unique and individual personality even to the point of having their names on the back of their jerseys. The personalities that you saw on the ice were in most cases a glimpse of what you might expect from inside the officials locker room. Highly respected Hall of Fame linesman John DAmico was a very intense individual on and off the ice. John began his mental preparation no later than the day before the game was to take place; sometimes even sooner. No one prepared himself for a game like John DAmico, which perhaps contributed to his ongoing psoriasis condition. He arrived at the rink early with his game face on and was quite superstitious. As a result, I would describe John as somewhat eccentric and definitely a creature of habit. He always sat in the same seat, unpacked and set up his gear methodically and put it on in the exact same order night in and night out. John was all business and very intense. He liked his quiet space in the dressing room to focus and wasnt afraid to tell you so if the room was too noisy for his liking. One time, as a young referee, I was chastised by this Grizzly Bear in Zebra stripes when I was doing aerobics to music in the dressing room. I immediately took my warm-up into the hallway outside the room. John was really a powerful man and would put his face in front of a punch to protect a player from a cheap shot once he entered the altercation. Many times his face was bloodied as a result but he never flinched. DAmico protected the referees in the same way. John DAmico was one of the best linesmen in the history of the game. Leon Stickle was another excellent linesman but demonstrated the total opposite personality of John DAmico. Big Stick was a fun loving guy that constantly cracked jokes in the dressing room to relieve nervous energy and tension. His warm-up consisted of a cup of coffee, a smoke and a joke. Leon laughed at his own jokes harder than any who he told them to. After games in the bar he would introduce himself as, Leon Tickle spelled with an S. The night prior to and after games in Montreal you could usually find Leon in a jovial mood playing the drums on stage with the band at the LAnge Bleu (Blue Angel Bar). Everybody loved Leon, perhaps with the exception the Philadelphia fans who remember his missed offside in the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Final against the NY Islanders. Everybody makes mistakes and he tried not to beat himself up over it. I once asked Stick how he missed such an obvious off-side and he responded that he was much better on the close ones! Even though he took the missed call to heart and it bothered him that entire summer being the professional that he was, Leon recognized the need to move forward with a positive attitude and eliminate such mistakes in the future. As a 22 year old NHL contracted referee working in the minor professional leagues I received a call from Scotty Morrison early one Sunday morning in April of 1975. Scotty asked me to get to Philadelphia right away to replace linesman Claude Bechard who was injured the night before in a game on Long Island. There was obviously nobody else available for Scotty to have to send me to work as a linesman in a game involving the Broad Street Bullies and the Atlanta Flames. I was extremely nervous but took some comfort in working the game with two veteran officials, referee Wally Harris and big Leon Stickle. Stick and I broke up one fight early and I settled in and felt comfortable as the game progressed. By the middle of the third period the Flyers were up 5-2 and as Leon handed me the puck to conduct an end zone face-off. Stickle then told me to wait for his signal because there was a TV commercial timeout. I told Bobby Clarke and the Atlanta center to hold on because of the television delay. We were all waiting patiently at the face-off circle when finally Wally Harris skated over and said, Can I ask what the hell youre waiting for to drop that puck? I told him I was waiting for Leons signal that the commercial timeout was finished. Harris scowled at me and said, You dumb-ass, the game isnt even televised! Drop the puck and lets get the hell out of here before they (the Flyers) wake up! Harris then added, And dont listen to Stickle anymore. Big Leon was standing at the blue line laughing to the point of tears. The games were tough and we worked hard but we definitely had a lot of fun. By contrast, every game is now televised and the officials calls are much more scrutinized than ever before. That includes the analysis I provide in this column and on Twitter (@kfraserthecall), which often does not endear me with my former colleagues! (Everyone has to wear their Big Boy Pants at times.) Heck, the refs are even wearing helmet cams to provide fans with a glimpse of what they are looking at throughout the game. While the modern game is much more business oriented in all aspects, the varied personalities can still be demonstrated in the officials room, even if not so much on the ice. Guys respect each others space and method of preparation. Far more emphasis and effort is spent on pre-game physical preparation. Stationary bikes are available and many officials also incorporate plyometric workout exercises for quick foot speed and stretching as part of their regular warm-up routine. Flat-screen televisions are standard in each dressing room, as is a telephone to call the in-house video review official or dial directly to the Situation Room in Toronto. The calling capability goes both ways! Once the officials have completed their individual physical warm-up there is always a discussion around the room about the game at hand. I never failed to pick up the game press notes in advance to look at stats from previous meetings between the two teams, in addition to anything we should be aware of before stepping onto the ice; forewarned is forearmed as they say! I would review procedures with my referee partner concerning areas of coverage, including individual responsibilities during transitional play, finishing of checks and gap coverage, and to avoid making long distance calls by the neutral zone referee if his partner was in good position and looking at the play. The crew might also discuss individual player tendencies and the need for heightened awareness when certain individuals were on the ice; especially those that were prone to crease crashing, diving and embellishment. During intermission the officials return to the quiet of the dressing room to relax and hydrate. A period recap is quickly done and each official can share his perspective on how things are progressing. They once again revisit player tendencies as demonstrated thus far. That would include players going hard to the net, contact in and around the crease and whatever the game had presented for them to that point. The television is often tuned to the intermission report and replays become available for the officials to get a second look. Sometimes they will dial into another game being played around the League. Intermission also provides an opportunity to communicate with each other away from the noise and pace of the game. Every game has a heartbeat and the best officials will always feel the pulse of the game in the moment. The game pulse will dictate what action might be required to calm the game or to just stay out of the way and let em play. On occasion the hot-line telephone even rings. By way of example, I had a game in the Boston TD Garden in late March of my final season. With just over a minute remaining in the first period Mike Brown of the Ducks jumped Milan Lucic, catching the Bruins tough guy off guard. Brown tapped Lucic with a solid punch or two to the head before he knew what hit him. A quick fight resulted before they both hit the ice and the linesmen moved in quickly. Lucic was really pissed and I could tell this thing was far from over. I instructed the linesmen to escort both players off the ice to their respective dressing room. The period ended and I immediately searched out Bruins Coach Claude Julien. I told the coach I was concerned that Lucic was going to seek revenge against Brown. With the playoffs just around the corner I thought it in their best interest if Claude calmed his player down to avoid the potential for a suspension. Coach Julien advised me that they evaluated Lucic as a result of the head contact and were taking precautionary measures to have him get undressed. Lucic would not return to the game. I was no sooner in our dressing room than the phone rang beside my locker stall. Mike Murphy, V.P. of Hockey Operations, was on the other end of the line and in an excited tone said he was very nervous about the Lucic situation. I really like Murph and have the utmost respect for him but I laughed out loud and asked what he was nervous about? I then informed Mike we had everything under control in Boston and that Lucic was getting undressed and would not return to action. I finished our conversation by telling Mike to relax and enjoy the game. I guess Big Brother is always watching over the officials shoulder and prepared to make a long distance call of their own when they deem it necessary. We felt the pulse in that game and addressed the situation prior to receiving the phone call. That is what referees are supposed to do. At the conclusion of the game the Official Scorer brings in the game sheet for the referee(s) to sign. If there was a game misconduct or special situation in the game that requires a written report by the referees that information is also provided by the Scorer. Reports are completed on an NHL software program contained on the laptop each official is provided. One official per game is also responsible to file an ice condition report that goes to Dan Craig, The Iceman who does an amazing job. The crew then drives the rental car back to the designated hotel (Marriott) and they quickly unpack their gear to dry out (My wife Kathy never quite got used to the odor of drying equipment in the hotel room whenever she joined me on the road?). The guys rendezvous in the lobby and make plans to grab a bite to eat and some adult beverages to unwind from the game, either in the hotel or their favorite local establishment. If they are lucky they have back-to-back games in the same city and can set up camp for a couple of days. If not, they pack up in the morning and fly to the next destination and the routine starts all over again. Jan Vertonghen Belgium Jersey .com) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his right elbow last week, the teams official site reported Wednesday. .com) - Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone will be an assistant head coach for offense and offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015.PHILADELPHIA -- Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-120, overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds left in OT to give the Nets the short-lived lead. Turner, sensational all game, drove past a pair of defenders and tossed up the last-gasp shot. The ball bounced three times around the rim before it dropped through the net. After a brief review, the bucket stood, Turner was mobbed by his teammates and the Sixers snapped a seven-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young scored 25 points for the Sixers, and Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 10 assists. Alan Anderson had a season-high 26 points for the Nets, Pierce scored 24 with 10 rebounds, and Deron Williams had 17 points and 14 assists. Brooklyn grabbed a 115-113 lead early in OT after Turner and Pierce swapped 3-pointers. Carter-Williams hit two free throws for a 116-115 lead, then had the assist to Young in front of Brooklyns bench on a 3-pointer with 2:02 left. The 76ers missed three shots on the same possession, setting up Pierces clutch 3, Brooklyns 15th of the game. Turned out, the Sixers had one last dramatic shot of their own. Turners 13th basket of the game was his biggest of the season, and he was mobbed on the court by a Sixers team buried well below .500. Carter-Williams returned after a seven-game absence because of a skin infection and teamed with Tony Wroten in the backcourt for an effective 1-2 punch. Wroten scored 19 points. Thanks to OT, the Sixers finished with season highs in field goals (51) and assists (36). Mirza Teletovic hit 6 3s and scored 18 points for the Nets. Brook Lopez had 22 points. The Nets played without veterans Joe Johnson (personal reasons) and Kevin p;Garnett (rest). Without their veterans, the Nets missed twice on one of the final possessions of regulation and the Sixers grabbed the rebound. Philadelphia rookie coach Brett Brown called timeout with 21.1 seconds left, setting up Carter-Williams drive down the lane. He beat Williams to the basket, but ended with a wild misfire on a left-handed layup over Lopez. Brooklyn grabbed the rebound and called timeout. Williams missed at the horn over Youngs outstretched arm to send it into OT. Neither team could break away in the fourth. Young hit a mid-range jumper from the top of the key with 1:58 left for a 107-106 lead. Anderson snatched it right back on two free throws -- a lopsided edge for the Nets. The Nets made 21 of 30 free throws; the 76ers just 10 of 15. Turner, who made his first eight shots from the floor, hit only the front end on a pair of attempts, but tied the game 108-all. The Nets struggled to build a small lead for most of the quarter. They botched an alley-oop and Williams had the ball slip out of his hands on a layup attempt. Still, all five starters hit double-digit scoring in regulation, and Williams had a double-double. Anderson, who averages only 8.0 points, connected on a pair of 3s during a 10-1 run late in the third that sent the Nets into the fourth with an 83-82 lead. Johnson made 10 3-pointers, most in the NBA this season, and scored a season-high 37 points in the Nets 130-94 victory over the Sixers on Monday night. With Johnson out, Teletovic took over as Brooklyns 3-point ace, hitting five in the first half against one of the worst-defending teams in the league. He nearly did as much damage alone from 3-point range as the Sixers did as a team. NOTES: Wroten has started all games Carter-Williams has missed this season. ... There were 31 lead changes and 21 ties. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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