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Officially Speaking: Goal or no goal?

04/22/2019, 10:00am CDT
By Mark Lichtenfeld

An official can award a goal after shutting the play down, even if they didn't see the puck enter the net

Officially Speaking: The cost of “amateur” hockey

03/25/2019, 10:15am CDT
By Mark Lichtenfeld

A pair of lawsuits illuminate a peculiarity of youth hockey

Officially Speaking: Civility

03/18/2019, 10:30am CDT
By Mark Lichtenfeld

A shaving or two of civility somehow still exists in our game.

Officially Speaking: Leaving the bench/box early

03/05/2019, 9:00am CST
By Mark Lichtenfeld

Once in a while, a question comes into the OS mailbox which is most difficult to dissect.

Officially Speaking: Moving the nets

02/25/2019, 1:15pm CST
By Mark Lichtenfeld

This decades-old custom at the conclusion of each game is a sore point for many officials

Officially Speaking: Illegal substitution

02/20/2019, 8:00am CST
By Mark Lichtenfeld

During a stoppage, a goalie cannot go to his bench without the referee's permission

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Officially Speaking: Intentional offside

02/11/2019, 1:15pm CST
By Mark Lichtenfeld

There’s only one criteria for an intentional offside call: intent.

Officially Speaking: Surveillance?

02/06/2019, 11:45am CST
By Mark Lichtenfeld

What’s going on with beer leagues that warrants subsequent review via surveillance tape?

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Officially Speaking: Icing

01/21/2019, 9:00am CST
By Mark Lichtenfeld

The icing washout is basically a subjective determination

100 games is the amount of experience it takes for a new referee to actually know what’s going on.