Former NHL referee debunks media misinformation on playoff officiating

Published April 8, 2022 at 4:07 PM

Journalists love to criticize players, officials or anyone in between. The like to have their voices heard about everything they don't like about the NHL.

Well NHL official Dave Jackson decided to give them a taste of their own medicine. Two well known journalists in Montreal, Stu Cowan and Brian Wilde, strongly criticized the work of the officials, claiming that they penalized players less in the playoffs than in the regular season. Experienced official Dave Jackson didn't miss the opportunity to shut them down on social media.

Jackson made both Cowan and Wilde eat their own words as Jackson presented supporting figures that are undeniable. In four of the last five NHL seasons, there have been more penalties called in a playoff game than in the regular season.

Jackson it's went one to explain the difference from playoffs to regular season games and that NHL referees use their own discretion on what's a penalty and what's not in a game 7 situation the officials like to let players play to win instead of officiating having a impact on the final result unless force by blatantly obvious penalties.
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