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Referee Devorski says his emotions are “up and down like a freakin’ toilet seat”

Jan 5, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

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One thing the lockout hasn’t lacked is a good sound byte. Those involved in both sides of the labor fight have had their moments saying something, but the guys who wear the stripes have been quiet. Veteran referee Paul Devorski has some thoughts, however.

Devorski tells Tim Leone of that the lockout isn’t just an emotional roller coaster for the two sides, it’s something else entirely for him and the officials.

“If you would have asked me in the summertime,” Devorski said, “I would have said, ‘No way, these guys won’t do this again.’ This is my third lockout. I would have never dreamt that we would have gone through this again, even this long.

“I’ve been up and down like a freakin’ toilet seat, my emotions. You think you’re going back to work and all of a sudden it gets squashed. I would love to get back to work.”

Safe to say Devorski isn’t alone in wanting to get back to work. He may be the only one putting this whole situation in terms of a toilet seat.

  1. innout10 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Piss off devorski, have another doughnut

  2. sportsfreak13 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    This lockout is bipolar. One minute extreme optimism the next minute straight doom and gloom. When will prohockeytalk change to prolockouttalk?

  3. cordellanderson - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    He should be the head of the NHLRA

  4. hockeyfan28 - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    having watched him ref a few flyers playoffs games I can safely say many flyers fans always believed
    he was what was under the toilet seat

  5. killerpgh - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Do the refs get paid during to lockout?

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      No clue but given the leagues tendency to hand out lockouts like they’re going out of style, I would think they have some kind of clause to protect them in their cba

      • jimw81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM


    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM


  6. bigoldorcafromvan - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I just hope the on ice officals went to classes to get their officiating down pat so its isn.t being called like a toilet seat going up and down. The NHL officiating the last couple years have been terrible. So has Shanny.s office.

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