Ask the Ref, 2011 edition

You may recall, late last season, we picked up on an occasional series that Canada’s TSN ran featuring recently-retired ref Kerry Fraser fielding questions from the public and offering his take on various issues. It’s our pleasure to bring it back for another season. ********************************************************************** Hi Kerry, On two occasions this past weekend, I saw two different players drop the gloves, throw some punches and on one occasion (Malkin) lose his jersey in the process. In both of these cases, the players were assessed roughing penalties. What weighs in the ref’s decision to not call a fighting major or to …

Mothers and Zebras

Admit it. There are times in the heat of the battle played out in front of your eyes while in the stands or on the couch, you’ve called one or more officials some word that begins with “Mother…” You’re convinced the dudes in the stripes, and in particular the pair with the orange armbands, are conspiring against your favorite team. But what about their side? The recently-retired Kerry Fraser is doing an occasional series over at TSN.ca focusing on the wheres and whys of the NHL referee. He has a new one up today, and as a public service, Flyers …

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