It started with a referee


2011 NHL Playoffs: Chara vs. St. Louis. Unfair size advantage.

Facts on the above photo:

Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins is 6’9″, 255 pounds (with a 105.9 mph slap shot – recorded at All Star Skills Competition 2011)

Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is 5’7″, 176 pounds

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The Gophers and Mavericks spent quality time together at Mariucci Arena this past weeeknd. On the ice and in the penalty box. No thanks to some, shall we say, “poor officiating” from none other than Don Adam. His name alone deserves a blog post, and probably shows up in multiple search engine terms from fans who believe his calls are down right ridiculous.

Thanks to Don Adam the Gophers found themselves on PK after PK.

Lucky number 7, Adam penalized rookie Kyle Rau (tied for game-winning goals in the nation) like it was his job; sending him to the box for no good reason other than to get him off the ice.

Coming in at the second period on Saturday night, (although I did DVR and watch the first period later) I was unaware of the absolute injustice of the calls from the first period, but I saw plenty of things that made my blood boil in the second and third.

The stats alone don’t lie: the Mavericks had nine PPs on Saturday night alone. Three PPs/period.

Seriously, see for yourself.

Penalty Summary (http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/stats/2011-2012/120311ms.html#)

Prd

Player

Team

Min

Offense

Time

1st Zach Lehrke MNST

2

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

00:40

PP
1st Tyler Elbrecht MNST

2

ROUGHING

05:03

1st Nick   Bjugstad MINN

2

ROUGHING

05:03

1st Nick   Bjugstad MINN

2

GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE

05:03

PP
1st Eriah Hayes MNST

2

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

05:59

1st Seth   Helgeson MINN

2

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

05:59

1st Nick   Larson MINN

2

HOOKING

09:13

PP
1st Tom   Serratore MINN

2

BOARDING

16:10

PP
1st Michael Dorr MNST

2

SLASHING

18:45

1st Kyle Rau MINN

2

SLASHING

18:45

1st Eriah Hayes MNST

2

TRIPPING

19:36

PP
2nd Justin   Holl MINN

2

CROSS-CHECKING

02:03

PP
2nd Travis   Boyd MINN

2

INTERFERENCE

05:19

PP
2nd Ben   Marshall MINN

2

INTERFERENCE

18:41

PP
2nd Zach Palmquist MNST

2

ROUGHING

18:57

3rd Kyle Rau MINN

2

ROUGHING

03:01

PP
3rd Jake   Hansen MINN

2

SLASHING

03:30

PP
3rd Eriah Hayes MNST

2

TRIPPING

04:43

PP
3rd Mark Alt MINN

2

ROUGHING

08:29

PP
3rd Cameron Cooper MNST

2

HOOKING

08:48

PP
3rd Kyle Rau MINN

2

EMBELLISHMENT

08:48

3rd Eriah Hayes MNST

2

CROSS-CHECKING

08:48

Minnesota State – Power Play Summary
Prd Start End Elapse Shots (Opp)  
1st 05:03 07:03 02:00  3 0  
1st 09:13 11:13 02:00  3 0  
1st 16:10 18:10 02:00  1 0  
2nd 02:03 02:32 00:29  2 1 PPG
2nd 05:19 07:19 02:00  0 2  
2nd 18:41 18:57 00:16  1 1  
3rd 03:01 04:00 00:59  1 0 PPG
3rd 04:00 04:43 00:43  0 0  
3rd 08:29 08:48 00:19  1 0  
SUMMARY: 9 opps, 12 shots, 2 goals, time 10:46
Minnesota – Power Play Summary
Prd Start End Elapse Shots (Opp)  
1st 00:40 02:37 01:57  6 0 PPG
1st 19:36 00:45 01:09  1 0  
2nd 00:45 01:24 00:39  2 0  
3rd 00:41 00:57 00:16  0 0  
3rd 05:30 06:43 01:13  1 0  
3rd 10:29 10:48 00:19  0 0  
SUMMARY: 5 opps, 10 shots, 1 goal, time 05:33
As I sat and watched one Gopher after another parade to the penalty box, sent by Adam himself, I found myself saying this, “It’s one thing if the Gophers just played crappy, but to have goals scored on them because of poor reffing…that’s a totally different story. I just can’t stand the injustice of it all.”
Injustice.
That’s what it was.
I was complaining about a game. Complaining about the unfairness. The disadvantages of one team; the advantages of another.
And then I stopped.
And thought about the silliness.
There I was, spending my time and energy upset over a game.
A hockey game. A hockey game that the Gophers won.
The injustice of a hockey game – the calls and non-calls – it’s something I’ve done before.
But how many times have I complained about other injustices?
The injustice of starvation, abuse, and neglect.
The fact that people don’t have clothes, shelter, food, or water.
The fact that kids eat rocks, walk miles and miles for dirty water – without shoes, and are denied the right to learn how to read and write.
The fact that people lose their kids, parents, friends, and neighbors becuase of drivers who drink.
The fact that kids are teased and taunted because of their time spent in utero.
How many times have those things made my blood boil? How many times have I stood up and yelled over those injustices?
Sadly, my weekends are not spent worrying about those injustices. Instead,  I worry about me and my comforts. And like this past weekend, I worry about the outcomes of hockey games and the unfairness of penalties.
But I’m here to say that there are other injustices out there.
And no thanks, but thanks to Don Adam’s officiating, I am thankful that my eyes were re-opened to those injustices. The real things in life that should cause crowds to jump out of their seats and yell out their opinions.
For me, it all started with a referee.
What will it be for you?
*sorry about the non-spacing…my formatting is all messed up and I’m sick of fiddling with it!
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Places to go to see hard core facts. Injust facts. And ways you can help change those facts.
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