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NHL wipes out review of high-sticking penalties

Sep 15, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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The National Hockey League will not review high-sticking penalties this season, contrary to a recommendation brought forward in the spring, as reported by Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press.

In June, the league’s competition committee recommended that all high-sticking double minor penalties be subject to a video review. That will not be happening, however.

“We just don’t want to do something that we weren’t totally comfortable with on video review,” NHL executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell told The Canadian Press.

“We want everything to be clear and precise and we didn’t think that was.”

  1. caniac4ever - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Booooooo! Too many blown calls because of stick grabbing(embellishment).

    • 950003cups - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Didn’t Kerry Fraser get in trouble for missing that same call?

    • kaptaanamerica - Sep 15, 2013 at 4:24 AM

      Colin Campbell is f#king joke. How the nhl can have a guy in charge of discipline while his son is playing in the league is bullshiite. Conflict of interest doesn’t seem to mean anything, that’s what makes the nhl seem bush league or stuck in the mud…

      • jpl0219 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Colin Campbell isn’t in charge of discipline. That would be Brendan Shannahan.

      • kaptaanamerica - Sep 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        That’s what they want you to believe based on titles, but it’s a club in those offices.the guy still has his finger in the pie, just like when he supposedly stepped aside for games his kid played in.chara incident comes to mind, same with the non suspension of boychuk for breaking a vulnerable players back, or the time suspension.

    • sabatimus - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      It amazes me how the refs consistenly miss the stick-grabbing. It’s so obvious.

  2. devilsarethebest - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    I know I’m gonna get thumbed down for this but Salvador deserved it.

  3. Anoesis - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Sorry, Campbell, but I’m having a hard time understanding how looking closely at potentially game-changing penalty calls isn’t, in fact, a “clear and precise” way to get it right.

  4. watermelon1 - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    So Ovechkin gets decked with a high stick the other night against Winnipeg and the NHL decided they shouldn’t be reviewed?

    I bet if Crosby got nailed the NHL would sing a different tune.

    • killerpgh - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      I think you have the NHL confused with NFL. You act like the NHL is quick to protect Crosby (or any other star for that matter). The only time I can remember a player getting fined/suspended for doing anything to Crosby was Steve Downie a few years back. And that “play” cost Downie a whooping $1,000. Still can’t believe that’s all he got. I’m usually not a fan of most suspensions the NHL hands down, but this “play” wasn’t a hockey play gone wrong. Through the video it looks like Downie just tries to take Crosby’s knee out.

  5. spitfisher - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    They won’t be reviewing dives and embellishments either, I guess the plan is too show as much of the hockey game as possible in Vancouver, Pittsburg and Montreal

  6. polegojim - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The game is becoming ‘over-reviewed’. Soon, regulation games will be 4 hours long… sheesh.

    Other than scoring plays, things just need to stand ‘as called’ on the ice.

    The human element worked sufficiently for decades.

    • blomfeld - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      I agree completely … well said !

    • sabatimus - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      The human element worked because people didn’t have a hundred camera angles and HD to pinpoint exactly where the refs messed up. The refs get exposed in their errors more now. The whole reason why there’s an outcry for reviews is that people watching at home often have a better view of the game than the refs on the ice.

      However, I’m for preserving the human element, though I’d put an extra ref above the arena somewhere, either looking right at the whole ice or an HD screen.

  7. girouxed - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    This is like not having instant replay in baseball. Stupid.

  8. killerpgh - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Chara high sticks his teammate (breaks his nose) and the Penguins get a double minor for it. No reason why the league should review these plays…..

    • blackandorangeforlife - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Yup…How about this one?

      • killerpgh - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Here is another good one of a teammate high sticking his own teammate (although I don’t think a penalty was called). This one makes my laugh. Apparently Rinaldo couldn’t handle Letang by himself so Hartnell figured he would come over to help. Only to whack Rinaldo in the mouth with his stick.

      • killerpgh - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      • blackandorangeforlife - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Or this one

      • killerpgh - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    So they’re NOT going to review high-sticks which cause injuries…

    …but, if you’re sweater is tucked in…. 2 minutes.

    The people running the league find a way to look dumber every year.

  10. bauxjangles - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    There are plenty of calls that go the wrong way because of the lack of video review but where does it end if you start to review crap like this? I would support it if it were only in the playoffs but other than that, I don’t think I’m ready to see a game last an hour longer because every penalty is being reviewed. Line has to be drawn somewhere and almost everything is embellished.

  11. garagehero1 - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Greast. That’s like giving the blackhawks, sharks, bruins, Detroit and Pittsburgh the green light to high stick.

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