Feb 3 - 2024

Can The Officials Actually Do That?

Scouting The Refs

About the Episode

This week on the #RefsPodcast: A crazy situation from Canucks vs. Blue Jackets, where it looked like the officials changed the call – and the penalized player – via video review… which they’re not exactly allowed to do. Todd and Josh also break down the No Goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs after goaltender interference from William Nylander cancelled out a Tyler Bertuzzi goal. 

NHL Player Safety has a busy week with a 5-game suspension to Montreal Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher and a 2-game ban to New York Rangers’ Jacob Trouba, along with fines to Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Myers and Arizona Coyotes’ Michael Kesselring.   

The PWHL also hands out the first suspension in league history; NHL players name the league’s best and work refs; Todd an Josh throw out some proposals to get better explanations for the Situation Room’s decisions; and congrats to this year’s NHL All-Star officials: Frederick L’Ecuyer, Francis Charron, Brandon Gawryletz, and Trent Knorr.

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The Scouting The Refs Podcast is a weekly look at the world of officiating and player safety within the National Hockey League, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world. We’ll break down the calls and the rules behind them to help understand why a penalty or suspension was – or wasn’t – handed out. Todd Lewis is a veteran broadcaster covering the NHL and other major league sports. Lewis is a former host on the NHL Network and on NHL Network Radio. He’s also worked for TSN, Sportsnet as a host/anchor and is a producer of other programs. Josh Smith is the founder of Scouting the Refs, the leading independent site related to hockey officiating which follows hockey officials across the NHL, AHL, ECHL, and other leagues around the world, including news, rule changes and interpretations, suspensions, and statistics on officials and penalty calls. 

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