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Monday, February 14, 2005

5 Minutes for making up penalties

Friday's WHL game between the Kamloops Blazers and the Red Deer Rebels suffered from bad-ref-itis. For those who follow the WHL, this comes as no surprise.

In the last minute of the second period, Blazer forward Reid Jorgensen, who has been on fire lately, colided, rather inadvertently, with a Red Deer player and promptly received a 5 minute major for interference, and a game misconduct.

Come again?

Needless to say, 5 minutes for interference does not even exist in the WHL rule book (the official game stats now list the infraction as an elbowing major). The answer to the puzzle lies within the fact that the referee, Francois Fortin, is from Quebec, where they do in fact have a major penalty for interference in the QMJHL, quizzically enough.

Sunday night, The Blazers were in Medicin Hat to take on the Tigers. By game's end, the Tigers ended up 6-17 on the powerplay, a run that included five, 5 on 3 opportunities. For those keeping score, Kamloops ended up 1-10 on the PP. It should be noted that of the Tigers 39 shots, only 4 came at even strength.

I don't mean to gripe at officials because my home team lost. The WHL has long been the home for officiating that can only be categorized as complete crap. Does any game need 27 total powerplays?

So if you ever get the urge to berate NHL officials, take a trip to the nearest WHL town and feast your eyes on the ridiculousness that is WHL officiating.


  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger James Mirtle said…

    Well, they do say that the WHL mirrors the NHL more than any other league.


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