Both teams in this year’s Stanley Cup final played so skillfully and cleanly that the referees “didn’t have to get involved a lot,” Bill McCreary, the veteran referee who worked Game 7 and three other games of the series, said Tuesday.It's true, they didn't interfere with the players, they just let the players interfere with each other to the level that approaches inappropriate amounts of touching in several of the more conservative states in the Union. However, I agree 100%, Henrik Zetterburg is a very skilled
“We didn’t interfere with the players,” McCreary said.
I know that he probably had orders from on high to call the games differently, but if it's your last Finals you owe it to yourself to call it by the book, it's not like there can be any blow back. At the very least don't come out afterward and continue to be the league mouthpiece. Can the refs get fined for criticizing the officiating? When the coaches do it they can be fined seemingly any amount, though $10,000 seems a popular number. Yet when a player gets fined for something that was illegal on the ice but short of a suspension their fine is capped at $2,500. Way to go NHL, you fine the coaches more for saying what everyone is already thinking, than you do the players for breaking the rules in such a blatant and dangerous fashion that a penalty alone is not enough punishment. Mr. Bettman has obviously never heard this quote before, so I'll present it to him here:
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. - Friedrich NietzscheEvery time a player or coach criticizes the officials the NHL should donate $100 of it's money to a charity of the officials choosing. The number of complaints about the officiating should be tracked as an official statistic by the league, and the leader at the end of the year should be given the "Matt Dragon Award" represented by a giant middle finger attached to an arm wearing an orange arm band:
The most criticized official would win the "Bill McCreary Award" which would just be a giant mustache also wearing an orange arm band: