Mar 22 - 2024

EBUL Alert!

Scouting The Refs

About the Episode

Move, ref! Get out the way! Get out the way! Unintentional zebra hunting this week, as linesmen Tommy Hughes, Steve Barton, and Dan Kelly all find themselves on the receiving end of some unintentional contact; referee Chris Schlenker gets a primary assist; Mark Shewchyk steps up as the EBUL (Emergency Backup Linesman); and an unfortunate collision may be career-ending for referee Kevin Pollock.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety hand out a two-game suspension to Florida Panthers’ Dmitry Kulikov, and calls for an in-person hearing with Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson, who’s made it three years without a suspension. That streak will end.

National Hockey League General Managers’ meetings have resulted in a handful of rule changes, including some significant tweaks to Coach’s Challenges which would allow teams to challenge certain minor penalties.

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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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