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Volume 26 No. 43
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NHL Under Fire For Numerous Officiating Errors During Playoffs

Controversial and missed calls by referees are believed to be hurting hockey fans' trust in the NHL
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There is "no easy, quick fix to the officiating woes that have plagued and sullied" this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the NHL "wants us to believe that it's working on the problem that it won't officially label a problem," according to Kevin Paul Dupont of the BOSTON GLOBE. While the league is "pondering the fix, these horrendous calls are tearing apart the fabric and ruining the most essential element -- fan trust" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/9). In N.Y., Larry Brooks wrote there is "no excuse for the NHL's dereliction of duty in overseeing and supervising" the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The "parade of scandalous errors made by on-ice officials has tainted the tournament." The "absence of accountability emanating from both" the NHL league offices in Manhattan and Toronto "has been unconscionable." Brooks: "What is the NHL's message here? We'll more or less protect you in the regular season (not all the time on head shots), but you're on your own, guys, in the playoffs when it counts most? Beautiful" (N.Y. POST, 6/9). The AP's Stephen Whyno wrote changes are "very likely coming to video review and how the NHL handles these situations moving forward" (AP, 6/8). In Phoenix, Richard Morin noted especially during these Stanley Cup Playoffs, the "embarrassing gaffes in officiating are nothing new for the NHL" (AZCENTRAL.com, 6/7).