The NHL’s Competition Committee agreed on one thing in their time together this past week: embellishment has gone too far in hockey. Who can argue that much? After several ticky tacky calls in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, the issue has once more come to the fore. As one tweeted quote of NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell succinctly put it:
Campbell: “We feel (embellishment) is out of control.”
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 9, 2014
James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk cites calls against Rick Nash and Jeff Carter that may have been the result of embellishment as a couple of many that are causing concerns in the innermost rings of hockey management. While it’s one thing for a ref to miss a reviewable incident, a penalty isn’t likely to become reviewable any time soon. Instead, it’s up to the Competition Committee to empower the referees in their job of preventing too much embellishment on the ice.
While the NHL isn’t the only league to suffer from this problem (somewhere Dwayne Wade is sheepishly nodding), its woes have come front and center thanks to a Stanley Cup Finals matchup between market giants New York Rangers and LA Kings.
The Committee will continue to meet and discuss embellishment among other issues in the league. As always, the goal will be for further clarity and enforcement on the very issues the NHL deems most appropriate to address this year.