Monday, April 09, 2007

Kerry Is So Very… Not Making The Playoff Cut

When the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway later this week, they'll do so without the League's longest-serving referee, Kerry Fraser (and his hair). While twenty of Fraser's 33 full-time NHL referee colleagues made the cut, Kerry (who officiated only four games in the 2006 Playoffs) did not. In essence, Kerry Fraser is the Montreal Canadiens of NHL referees -- tons of playoff games through the years, a small handful of games last year, none this year.

The decision not to send Fraser to the postseason is an interesting one, given that he was far and away the most popular choice in a recent (December, 2005) player poll as the League's most consistent referee. Of course, that might mean that the players see Fraser as consistently awful, but the fact of the matter is that it's inconsistency in officiating more than poor interpretation of the rules that infuriate coaches and players.

Devils center Scott Gomez said of Fraser, "He's consistent. And he's got the respect from players and knows how to give it back."

Simon Gagne of the Flyers noted that "Kerry does a great job every time we have him here. What I like about him, I can go talk to him if I need answers to some questions."

But the comments of an anonymous Maple Leafs player may best sum up why Fraser missed the playoffs: "He's consistent all right. He hoses us all the time."


Tyler said...

Didn't he also miss a lot of games this year with an injury? Maybe there's a 'minimum games reffed' requirement.

TG said...

What? A Leafs player complaining about a referee? I am shocked, SHOCKED, that such a complaint would come from the team in Toronto.

B_Washington said...

I thought the refereeing in general was very inconsistant in the second half of the season.

Tyler said...

I thought the playing was too. ;-)

chanuck said...

Frasier lives in the Philly area, no wonder the Flyers and Devils seem to have a more buddy buddy relationship.

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Smitty said...

Kerry was always my second most disliked ref, right behind Paul "White Cane and Sunglasses" Stewart.

JP said...

My all-time least favorite is Andy van Hellemond.

Current least favorite: Mick McGeough.

Superfan #99 said...

(Laughing @ tg)

It's not just their players, their fans are a bunch of crybabies as well.

Both of the Maple Leafs fans I'm good friends with, came up with a new excuse as to why the refs screwed them, and why they wouldn't make the Playoffs because of it.

Imagine not being mathematically eliminated, but having a built-in excuse for the entire second half of the season!

Still, I'll miss Fraser.....and his 'do.