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In recent years, there has been an uptick in kneeing penalties and “violent interference” related supplemental discipline cases around hockey. As with many things in our sport nowadays, much of it traces to a reckless lack of respect between players. However, not all such incidents are created equal or demand major penalties and reviews for supplemental discipline.
This issue is not limited to the NHL. It goes on everywhere. Just recently, I reviewed five different cases in the KHL. Here is the video of each. Can you determine what my recommendation was for each play? CASE 1: Referred for kneeing CASE 2: Referred for kneeing CASE 3: Referred for kneeing CASE 4 (about 30-second mark): Referred for interference and contact to the head
What would YOU recommend for each case from an on-ice ruling standpoint? Your options are a) major penalty with a game misconduct, b) two-minute minor penalty or c) no penalty. The actual on-ice ruling that was made may or may not have the correct one in interpreting the play.
In my next blog, we will have the answers and explanations of my recommendation after reviewing the footage.
************ Paul Stewart holds the distinction of being the first U.S.-born citizen to make it to the NHL as both a player and referee. On March 15, 2003, he became the first American-born referee to officiate in 1,000 NHL games.
Today, Stewart is an officiating and league discipline consultant for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and serves as director of hockey officiating for the ECAC.
The longtime referee heads Officiating by Stewart, a consulting, training and evaluation service for officials. Stewart also maintains a busy schedule as a public speaker, fund raiser and master-of-ceremonies for a host of private, corporate and public events. As a non-hockey venture, he is the owner of Lest We Forget.
In addition to his blogs for HockeyBuzz every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Stewart writes a column every Wednesday for the Huffington Post.