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Lockout effect: What about the refs?

Sep 26, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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While it appears NFL referees could be back to work shortly, NHL officials will reportedly have to wait until the hockey lockout ends before they can get back on the ice.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the National Hockey League Officials Association is asking its members to refrain from working in other leagues or over in Europe.

Apparently the NHLOA doesn’t want to take jobs away from non-NHL referees and, in addition, wants its members to stay healthy and be ready to go once the lockout ends.

It’s a big ask for NHL referees and linesmen, as they don’t get paid during a players lockout.

During the 2004-05 work stoppage that canceled the entire hockey season, some officials took day jobs to help pay the bills.

For example, Dave Jackson became a substitute teacher.

From Sports Illustrated (Oct. 18, 2004):

In the past month he has monitored a high school science test, explained to seventh- and eighth-graders that Indonesia can’t be found in the Caribbean, broken up a scuffle between eighth-graders, mopped up a puddle left by a nervous kindergartner, reffed fourth-grade floor hockey, handed out detention and coached handball.

However, it’s unlikely every referee will be able to find temporary work during the lockout.

As Jackson said at the time: “It’s not like you can go to a company, expect them to train you and leave three months later, or whenever the NHL season starts.”

  1. donfocker89 - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Why do we have to be concerned with NHL refs? I thought they were all working in the NFL.

  2. id4joey - Sep 26, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Hey dumf*cker89 don’t be such an arrogant dumfocker. More than just you is affected by the strike. People from all walks of life are loosing money.

    • donfocker89 - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      And apparently your sense of humor, sarcasm, and proper grammar have also been affected by the lockout.

      • snowman218 - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        donfocker89 – 1
        id4joey – 0

    • tatdue - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      What strike?

  3. id4joey - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Uh! Dun know you was the grammar polise on pht. I try more hard next tyme. You k wis that.

  4. mpg44 - Sep 27, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    This is the effects of karma for last years horrible year of officiating .

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