Refs in the playoffs

I’m going to be tracking which refs are in the playoffs and how far they go, as well as my evaluation of their jobs in games where I see enough of the action to fairly judge…

Prediction for game 7 Calgary/Anaheim: Kerry Fraser will be one of the refs. I’d personally recommend Don Van Massenhoven to work with him; I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Dennis LaRue or Dan Mariouelli. (answer: it’s Van Massenhoven and Brad Watson. Another good choice, but — Kerry Fraser only three games in the first round? That’s very unusual)

Prediction for Round 2:
These refs will make the 2nd round (around 10 total):
Devorski
Fraser
Koharski
LaRue
McCreary
McGeough
O’Halloran
Pollock
Shick
Van Massenhoven
Watson

These refs will not make the 2nd round:
Furlatt
Hasenfratz
Joannette

Here are the referees in the first round and how many games they’ve reffed. All refs stayed in pairs until the first two series finished, then the pairings shifted around for the last three 1 round games played (with one to go). If I rated a pair in a game, my ratings for them are listed.

Devorski (5) [A-]
Pollock (5) [A A- B+]
Shick (5) [A F]
Watson (5) [B]

Jackson (4) [B]
Joannette (4) [C+ D]
Koharski (4) [A A- F]
LaRue (4) [B+ B+]
Leggo (4) [B+]
Mariouelli (4) [B+ B+]
McCreary (4) [A- A- B+]
McGeough (4) [B+]
Meier (4) [A-]
Van Massenhoven (4) [A- A-]
O’Halloran (4) [B C]
Warren (4) [C+ D]

Fraser (3)
Furlatt (3)
Hasenfratz (3) [B C}
Kimmerly (3) [A A-]
Peel (3) [A-]
Sutherland (3) [A- A-]

Full-time referees that didn’t make the first round:

Angus, Blaine (1991)
Auger, Stephane (1994)
Heyer, Shane (1988 *)
Kowal, Tom (1998)
Lee, Chris (1996)
Martell, Rob (1992)
McCauley, Wes (2001)
O’Rourke, Dan (1999)
Rooney, Chris (1996)
Spada, Craig (2001)
Walsh, Ian (1996)

(the NHL moved to a two-ref system in 2000-2001; Heyer was a linesman prior to that time).

Referees in the first round with less seniority (1998 or younger):
Furlatt (1998)
Hasenfratz (2000)
Sutherland (1999)

(so, if I’m Blane Angus, Shane Heyer, Tom Kowal, Rob Martell, Chris Rooney or Ian Walsh, I should have some idea that my boss isn’t happy with my performance; or maybe they’re injured, I don’t have access to that.

Heyer is well-known in San Jose, and we wish he’d go back to being a linesman. Laurie reminds me that Chris Rooney was the ref that gave Joe Thornton the bogus 5 minute major three minutes into his first game back in Boston after the trade.)

The pairs (number of games reffed):

Devorski/Meier (4)
pollock/Shick (4)
joannette/warren (4)
LaRue/Mariouelli (4)
Jackson/Watson (4)
Leggo/McGeough (4)

mccreary/sutherland (3)
Kimmerly/Koharski (3)
van massenhoven/peel (3)
Fraser/Furlatt (3)
hasenfratz/o’halloran (3)

koharski/schick (1)
devorski/o’halloran (1)
McCreary/Pollock (1)
Van Massenhoven/Watson (1)

(it’s unfortunate, but while Koharski and shick called a good game for game six ana/cal, Koharski missed the call badly on Selanne’s 1st goal, which was good and there’s no way to justify how it was called. Since that was such a significant call in such a significant game, they get flunked for that game. Fortunately — anaheim winning anyway reduces the impact of that call, but we can’t for a second ignore just how critical that call was, and how badly it was flubbed. On the other hand, both teams were exceptionally grumpy (surprise! (duh), and they did a good job of limiting the damage. could have been a lot nastier game than it was.

1st round:

Tampa/Ottawa
jackson/watson
van massenhoven/peel (A-)
Fraser/Furlatt
McCreary/Sutherland
LaRue/Mariouelli (B+)

Edmonton/Detroit
mccreary/sutherland
Fraser/Furlatt
pollock/Shick
joannette/warren
Kimmerly/Koharski
Leggo/McGeough (B+)

Anaheim/Calgary
hasenfratz/o’halloran (B)
pollock/Shick
Leggo/McGeough
jackson/watson
joannette/warren (D)
koharski/shick (F)
Van Massenhoven/Watson (A-)

san jose/nashville
joannette/warren (C+)
McCreary/Sutherland (A-)
Kimmerly/Koharski (A-)
pollock/Shick (A)
hasenfratz/o’halloran (C)

montreal/carolina
Kimmerly/Koharski (A-)
devorski/meier
LaRue/Mariouelli
van massenhoven/peel
Fraser/Furlatt
McCreary/Pollock [B+]

NY Rangers/New Jersey
Devorski/Meier (A-)
LaRue/mariouelli (B+)
van massenhoven/peel
pollock/Shick

Philadelphia/Buffalo
LaRue/Mariouelli
Jackson/Watson
devorski/meier
Leggo/McGeough
van massenhoven/peel
devorski/o’halloran

Colorado/Dallas
Leggo/McGeough
Joannette/Warren
hasenfratz/o’halloran
Devorski/Meier
jackson/watson (B)