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Paul Stewart
Joined: 10.14.2013

Jul 5 @ 9:24 AM ET
Paul Stewart: What Officiating Supervisors Do: A Sample Evaluation
powerenforcer
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Mt. Prospect, IL
Joined: 09.24.2009

Jul 5 @ 1:14 PM ET
Paul Stewart: What Officiating Supervisors Do: A Sample Evaluation
- Paul Stewart



Based on your report, was Mr. Doe sent down to a minor league, or beer league? Please tell us how this report was processed, I think that is what most fans would be interested in.

Thanks for the info.
Jack Straw
Buffalo Sabres
Location: CO
Joined: 02.21.2018

Jul 6 @ 11:57 PM ET
I love reading your post, thank you Paul! As a former Ref, I wish someone did this for me.
playthekids
Season Ticket Holder
New York Rangers
Location: Skate like you give a damn., NY
Joined: 01.07.2010

Jul 7 @ 6:38 AM ET
Feed the ‘seeing eye’ dogs...

Fountain-San
Boston Bruins
Location: Marchand is a rat fink dweeb.., ME
Joined: 02.21.2007

Jul 9 @ 10:05 AM ET
Based on your report, was Mr. Doe sent down to a minor league, or beer league? Please tell us how this report was processed, I think that is what most fans would be interested in.

Thanks for the info.

- powerenforcer

he reffed the Eastern Conference Final.
MnGump
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Minnesota Wild
Location: Columbus, MN
Joined: 06.21.2012

Jul 10 @ 9:37 AM ET
No disrespect, but why is being a "likable guy" important in the least as long as he's doing his job?

I mean it's always a plus to like the folks you work with, but it's certainly not a necessity for getting ones job done efficiently and effectively.

I just wish the accountability would fall to the league and maintaining the actual rules and regulations of the game, especially in the playoffs.

Can't have two separate sets of rules for regular and post season.
Blues65
St Louis Blues
Location: Where hockey dreams die every April, MO
Joined: 10.22.2013

Jul 10 @ 11:13 AM ET
NHL officiating always has and always will be nothing but garbage......... I don't even get mad about it anymore.
Amanion
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Joined: 07.02.2012

Jul 10 @ 1:32 PM ET
AS a soccer Ref, I know this job isn't easy. But what frustrates me about the NHL is watching the officials look directly at a play--seemingly staring right through it--and then refusing to call the obvious penalty that everyone else in the building saw.
This is an institutional problem, not one of any individual official. And they can't win...
If the referees are instructed to call "everything" then the "purists" (Especially in Canada) whine and say there are too many power plays. If they call next to nothing--as usually is the case in the playoffs--then the rest of the hockey world is furious. This leads to problem of consistency.. We all want consistency, consistency WITHIN the game and consistency BETWEEN crews. We as fans want the same thing called (or not called) by both officials in a given game. But we almost want the same things called in Game 3 as were called in Game 2 by a different crew. The last point is the most difficult one for officials to achieve and why Paul ( correctly) and other supervisors focus on positioning. If all officials can get to the best position, this increases their chance of getting the decision right.
MnGump
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Minnesota Wild
Location: Columbus, MN
Joined: 06.21.2012

Jul 10 @ 2:21 PM ET
AS a soccer Ref, I know this job isn't easy. But what frustrates me about the NHL is watching the officials look directly at a play--seemingly staring right through it--and then refusing to call the obvious penalty that everyone else in the building saw.
why Paul ( correctly) and other supervisors focus on positioning. If all officials can get to the best position, this increases their chance of getting the decision right.

- Amanion

But this is the essence of the problem with "consistency".
Exactly as you said it. That decision to "not make a call". Not the indecision. These officials actually choose to do nothing when they ARE IN POSITION to actually make a call, the correct call. Too much subjectivity left up to the discretion of these guys.
ManchuWok
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: China Town
Joined: 03.29.2013

Jul 13 @ 11:03 AM ET
I’ve watched allot of acac in Edmonton the last 3 years. The reffing has been terrific. I’m not sure who’s responsible, but they are doing a great job!
Stripes77
Buffalo Sabres
Location: Where ever Matt Ellis allows me to be, NY
Joined: 07.30.2012

Jul 13 @ 11:34 AM ET
No disrespect, but why is being a "likable guy" important in the least as long as he's doing his job?

I mean it's always a plus to like the folks you work with, but it's certainly not a necessity for getting ones job done efficiently and effectively.

I just wish the accountability would fall to the league and maintaining the actual rules and regulations of the game, especially in the playoffs.

Can't have two separate sets of rules for regular and post season.

- MnGump



Being a "likable guy" is important when it comes to coaches and player interactions with officials. It also is important as it comes to dealing with other officials on your crew.

Nobody likes to deal with an official that has an unapproachable attitude. Nobody likes to work with a fellow official that has the unapproachable above the law type attitude either.

It puts a lot of strain on the rest of the crew if you have one guy that is an ass towards everyone.

Their attitude also effects the players playing and the coaches.

Being likable isn't necessary but it makes for a much smoother game 9 times out of 10.