The NHL Situation Room Will Now be Making Goalie Interference Calls

As per NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO – The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors has approved changes to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach’s Challenge – Goaltender Interference, the League announced today.

The changes were recommended by the NHL’s General Managers at their March Meeting and subsequently approved by the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee.

The updated rule, as written below (with changes underlined), will be implemented for games as of Wednesday, March 28.

(ii) Scoring Plays Involving Potential “Interference on the Goalkeeper”

(c) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a “GOAL” call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to “Interference on the Goalkeeper,” as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.

(d) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a “NO GOAL” call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because either: (i) there was no actual contact of any kind initiated by the attacking Player with the goalkeeper; or (ii) the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper; or (iii) the attacking Player’s positioning within the crease did not impair the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal and, in fact, had no discernible impact on the play.

 

I’m glad to see this all cleared up. It seems like every single game somebody has some sort of beef against what is and what isn’t a goal in regards to goaltender interference and to be honest, it was getting old as fuck. Nobody had a damn clue what was and what wasn’t interference. We didn’t, the refs didn’t, the broadcasters didn’t, Mike Milbury didn’t, the list goes on and on. I can only imagine what was going on in Jeremy Roenicks head every time something like this happened. That’s some laugh out loud funny stuff.

 

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The NHL finally did something right. Getting this rule adjusted, before the playoffs starting, saved everyone from the inevitable insane Twitter rants in the coming months. If they can get this implemented soon and have a couple situations happen before the playoffs, the NHL would be sitting pretty. Having said that, now that the refs won’t be blamed, coaches won’t be blamed and players won’t be blamed, us angry hockey fans will be looking to take our frustrations out on someone. So good luck to the NHL control room on getting the right call. Close your eyes and imagine game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and Sidney Crosby nudges Pekka Rinne in OT, resulting in a review. Couldn’t pay me enough money in the world to do that job.

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