League adds second official
Bay Roberts 19-and-over men’s league begins 16th season at Bay Arena
With the skill level on the rise in the Bay Roberts 19-and-over recreational men’s hockey league, it was decided that the two-referee system would be extended to include the regular season as well as the playoffs.
“A lot of teams are finding the league is getting stronger, and the game is getting faster, so they wanted to have two guys on the ice,” said league president Neil Shute.
Some would say that adding a second official to the game might, in actual fact, slow the game down.
More penalties would mean more stoppages in play. Games are 60 minutes straight time, and an increase in penalties could mean a slowdown of game action for the five-team league.
Shute does not see it that way. The two-official system, he said, can only help the league.
“Penalties were never a big issue,” said Shute. “It might be an issue at the start, but I think it’ll balance out.”
Shute points to a successful usage in the playoffs as evidence that games will not be slowed by the addition of another official.
“The idea with the two officials is to keep the game under control with regards to missed offside and goals,” he said. “With one man, it’s hard for him to watch everything.”
Meanwhile, there have been no rule changes.
Shute said the executive toyed with the idea of adopting a notouch icing rule. The puck would just have to cross the goal-line in order for icing to be called.
“Teams would start using it to kill the clock at the end of games,” said Shute.
League games are played on Tuesday and Friday nights.
The league also underwent a change in teams.
Stalwarts the Upper Island Cove Hawks, Kelly’s Landing and the Shearstown Tigers remain the same, with minor player movement, and are still at the top of the league.
But, the two other teams from last year — Churchill’s and Keltic Molson (Butlerville) — have undergone vast changes.
Players from Churchill’s and Keltic combined efforts for this season. Those who did not make the jump make up the Molson team from Butlerville.
The league is currently in its 16th season at the Bay Arena.
Bay Roberts 19-and-over Recreational Hockey League presidet Neil Shute.