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Your Sweden-Finland, U.S.-Canada Olympic semifinal officials are…

Feb 20, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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The IIHF has announced the referees and linesmen for Friday’s big semifinal games between Sweden-Finland and U.S.-Canada. They are…

Sweden-Finland: Referees Konstantin Olenin (Russia) and Tim Peel (U.S.), linesmen Derek Amell and Chris Carlson (both Canada).

U.S.-Canada: Referees Brad Meier (U.S) and Kelly Sutherland (Canada), linesmen Ivan Dedioulia (Belarus) and Greg Devorski (Canada).

Some quick thoughts…

— The most noteworthy assignment here is Meier, who came under fire following the U.S.-Russia game for Fedor Tyutin‘s disallowed goal (due to the net being dislodged). Russian fans protested outside of the U.S. Embassy and the media, well, uh…

After the call was made, commentators on state television at first seemed unable to overcome their shock, shouting “How can this be so?!” They spent much of the rest of the game muttering resignedly about Meier’s nationality.

Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the country’s most popular newspapers, carried a photograph of U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick — a red circle drawn around his hand, which appears to be pushing one goal post backward — beneath the headline: “An American referee and the puppet international federation deprived us of a deserved victory.”

One state-owned channel ran an hour-long talk show dedicated to the disallowed goal.

“Judges don’t have nationality?!” Alexei Pushkov, a Kremlin-connected member of parliament, fumed on Twitter. “How interesting. And how come they didn’t appoint a referee from Russia, but an American?”

— Olenin and Peel have only worked once together this tournament (Slovenia’s win over Slovakia in the group stage); this will be Meier and Sutherland’s first game at the Olympics together, but the pair has worked a number of NHL contests.

— Referees that were given quarterfinal games but didn’t make the cut for the semis? Kevin Pollock (Canada), Jyri Ronn (Finland), Marcus Vinnerborg (Sweden) and Vladimir Sindler (Czech Republic).

  1. cambannedloinstache - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Sutherland is a hack.

    Also why no article on the women’s game?

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Seriously, this is ridiculous. The women come within inches of icing the game with an empty netter and it goes to OT and we get the refs for tomorrows game?!

    • willrad00 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      This is the PRO hockey talk blog (no slight to the women team) but its for the payed players of the NHL, if you wanna read about the womens game the articles are on the olympic talk blog.

      • nj666 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        wow thats a dumb statement. yes its Pro hockey talk, not nhl player talk…

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        I am pretty sure some of these woman play PRO hockey elsewhere, so if they covered the woman, they would be covering some PRO players too and some amateur.

      • cambannedloinstache - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        So did you just start using this blog like 5 minutes ago or what?

      • willrad00 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I feel dumb, sorry i didnt think they would post it here. I stand corrected.

      • cambannedloinstache - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        now I feel bad, it’s way too minor to feel dumb about :}

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      It’s one article over.

      <<< That way

  2. djshnooks - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    One of my best friends from high school, and a former hockey teammate…Chris Woodworth, from Canandaigua, NY…has been reffing the Olympic Games!

    I know, not a huge deal…but I’m proud of him. He has come a long way and worked hard to get there…and I’m happy for him.

    Too bad he didn’t get another game…he’s gonna be one of the best in the business soon, given how high up the ladder he has climbed, in a short time, at a young age.

    Go USA Hockey! :-)

  3. jimw81 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    i thought i saw Sutherland doing today’s game.

  4. muckleflugga - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    with the history of american hockey referees screwing-over russian men [ 1980 ] or canadian women [ 2002 ] you can expect the worst … hopefully a bald-faced cheat like brad meier will rediscover some sense of honour … don’t bet on it

    olympics hockey officiating makes nhl refereeing nearly credible if you can imagine something so abstract

    hint …. television viewership numbers in canada versus those in the usa for a final …?

    it’s a shame really … spoiling what is otherwise good entertainment … still, it’s hard to say which olympics games were the most corrupt … lake placid … los angeles … salt lake city

    boxing at los angeles had to be the worst … among other american medals undeserved, henry tillman was awarded gold for back-pedalling for three rounds without throwing a punch in the heavyweight division … willie dewit used him like a fly-blown heavy bag but had to settle for silver … farce

    next to that would be the american basketball team being cheated out of gold by the russians at munich in 1972 … farce

    despite the hype, it’s hard to take the olympics seriously if you’re a betting man … johnathan quick kicking his net off and the russians being disallowed a probable winning goal by meier only affirms that belief in the present …

    is blatant cheating an american thing … i don’t know … ask lance

    quick lost all respect from anyone who cherishes clean play and sportsmanship … no respect for that clown here on in

    kick his ass and fill his net team canada

    • dueman - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      You really are douche bag. Oh, and that’s a Canadian opinion.

  5. couldhavegonepro - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Nice comment Willrad00 you idiot. Why would that article even bother you douchebag

  6. Graeme - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Tim Peel. Haha. Sorry Sweden/Finland

    One of the worst NHL officials. Still don’t know how was picked for the Olympics

  7. theageofquarrel - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Crosby would have been better suited playing in this game instead because he is terrible.

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