Fraser: It ain't over 'til it's over

Kerry Fraser
3/18/2014 12:28:37 PM
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Hi Kerry,
I just watched the finish to the Jets-Blues game on Monday night and saw the brouhaha between both teams after the final horn went off.
The breakdown of penalties was as such:
19:59 Winnipeg -  Olli Jokinen: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 Winnipeg -  Olli Jokinen: 2 minutes, roughing
19:59 Winnipeg -  Jacob Trouba: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 Winnipeg -  Dustin Byfuglien: 2 minutes, roughing
19:59 Winnipeg -  Dustin Byfuglien: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 Winnipeg -  Dustin Byfuglien: 2 minutes, roughing
19:59 Winnipeg -  Blake Wheeler: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 Winnipeg -  Blake Wheeler: 5 minutes, fighting
19:59 St. Louis -  Roman Polak: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 St. Louis -  Maxim Lapierre: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 St. Louis -  Maxim Lapierre: 2 minutes, roughing
19:59 St. Louis -  Ryan Reaves: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 St. Louis -  Ryan Reaves: 2 minutes, roughing
19:59 St. Louis -  Barret Jackman: 10 minutes, misconduct
19:59 St. Louis -  Barret Jackman: 5 minutes, fighting
Kerry, the game was officially over and done with - why were penalties still assessed? Why not just break the two sides up and call it a night? Just wondering.
Brian Nicholson,

The referees' job is to impose penalties for violations of the rules whenever they occur throughout the course of a game; including after time has expired on the game clock signaling the end of the match. The authority empowered to the referees over the game participants do not end until all players and coaches have left the ice and are safely in their respective dressing rooms.

The scrums and ultimate fighting that began in the dying seconds of the game and continued well after the final horn was part of the game and could not be ignored by the game officials.

They could not turn a 'blind eye' to it and say it never existed. Even though the game was effectively over, the officials must continue to police the game participants. The job is never done until the 'paper work' has been completed!

An automatic fine of $100 is incurred to a player assessed a misconduct penalty (rule 22.5). Failure by players to clear the area of a fight shall, in addition to the other penalties that may be assessed, result in a fine to the team of $1,000 and the coach of said team in the amount of $1,000 (46.18). Rule 31.9 (viii) states that the Referee shall report to the Commissioner promptly and in detail the circumstances surrounding any unusual occurrence that takes place on or off the ice, before, during or after the game. Should rule 28 supplementary discipline be invoked, it does not bode well for the Officials if penalties were not assessed following a major altercation even though the rule stipulates additional fines and suspensions can be imposed whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.

It is also important to note that a whistle was blown to halt play as a result of the altercation and prior to Chris Porter depositing the puck in the Jets unattended net with .01 seconds on the game clock. As a result of the whistle stopping play the goal was not allowed to stand. A "ceremonial face-off" is no longer required to complete the game when player aggression such as this takes place just prior to final horn. Only after breaking up the two sides and imposing the appropriate penalties Brian, are the officials authorized to "just call it a night!"  

Byfuglien battles Shattenkirk (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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