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in the Crease
Pierre McGuire
February 18, 2002
During the Olympic break the NHL's referees and linesmen—other than Dennis LaRue, Bill McCreary and Stephen Walkom, who will be working at the Salt Lake City Games—will attend training sessions run by Andy Van Hellemond, the league's director of officiating. One area the officials will work on is breaking up fights. Recently several players have been punched out and suffered injuries while officials tried to separate the fighters....
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February 18, 2002

In The Crease

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During the Olympic break the NHL's referees and linesmen—other than Dennis LaRue, Bill McCreary and Stephen Walkom, who will be working at the Salt Lake City Games—will attend training sessions run by Andy Van Hellemond, the league's director of officiating. One area the officials will work on is breaking up fights. Recently several players have been punched out and suffered injuries while officials tried to separate the fighters....

Speaking of fighting, NHL vice president Colin Campbell deserves credit for not suspending the Lightning's Gord Dwyer after he sucker punched the Panthers' Brad Ference in a game last week. Having seen on tape that Ference made the initial contact with Dwyer by bumping him an instant before the punch, Campbell rightly reasoned that Dwyer's retaliation—which drew a double-minor—was not severe enough to warrant supplemental punishment. In another incident the week before, Campbell banned Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton for three games for skating after and then punching the Islanders' Jason Blake. Blake had done nothing to antagonize Purinton, who is known for his brawling....

Last Friday against the Predators, the Capitals' Jaromir Jagr was penalized in overtime for using an illegal stick. ( Nashville assistants Paul Gardner and Brent Peterson had noticed the larger-than-legal curve in warmups.) The Predators waited until the extra session to alert the refs, because they figured they couldn't lose: With the match being out-of-conference, even if Nashville was wrong about Jagr's stick and it cost the team a two-minute penalty, a loss wouldn't hurt the Predators in the standings. The game ended 3-3.

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