You can read the interview with Commissioner Brian McKenna here.
You've got to be kidding me! We saw Peter Tarnaris and Andy Thackaberry in the first round of playoffs. They were at the top of the ECHL officiating of the regular season!? That doesn't look good for the league in terms of officiating. Next thing you know Zac Blasic will be moved up from the CHL based on merit!
I for one thought the refs in the first round did a fairly good job. Yes they could have called more penalties but tried to let the players play. Which at times, Komet players get abused but think honestly and everyone has to admit the Komets got some breaks as well. The linesmen did well with the exception of a couple of icings, when Reading players slowed up. The only error I believe made was Embach's major, which at most was a minor. But on the flip side the officials called Reading for too many men on the ice in quick succession of each other. In years past both would never had been called.
Overall, I think the officials have tried to let the players play but also tried to stop any stupid stuff get started. Fans should be happy when comparing these officials we have had in years past. This is not the NHL, and even they make errors!
I'm glad the commish is looking at diffferent things. It kind of surprises me that the schedule for next season has already been made. (Did I read that correctly)? If so, then does that mean there will be no added teams? I've been thinking a couple of CHL teams are moving to the league (Western Conference).
One division of three teams and two divisions of five teams each is just stupid. Either expand or move one team from a five team division to the three team division. Shouldn't ever be a division made up of less than four teams. The Komets and we, as their fans, are johnny-come-lately's to the ECHL. But there is certainly enough hockey experience around here to realize that winning the Kelly Cup is not an "equal accomplishement" for ECHL teams. Not when every West team automatically qualifies. This is obviously a "sticky" point. I'm not sure what the answer is except the obvious (either get more teams in the west, or have the league pay the travel costs for the teams to cross over).
No one will ever be satisfied with the officiating. It just goes with the territory. I am in agreement with the other two posts, yet all I want the officials to do is just call the game. Call it like a regular season game, call everything as it happens (no matter when during the game), and call the game so as the players know how to play. I guess I'm saying, "just be consistent with the calls."
I'm happy for more hockey. I think the K's would've had a better chance against Orlando (but that's just my opinion).
Closing, I think there is a lot of room for improvement in the "Premiere AA League" known as the ECHL. Sometimes I think their "attitude" gets in the way, yet most of their problems really stem from the fact and the manner of how they expanded by buying the WCHL. They need more teams out west (or less teams in the east) and that's not going to happen. At least quickly or easily.
Somehow I don't think Christian Ouellet would agree with you on that. He practically had his head snapped off several times and he was pushed down and around the entire last game. But, obviously, he's one tough cookie!
For playoffs, how about the top 2 in each division, then the rest could be based off of most points in any of the five divisions.....I think 3 or 4 teams from the west would not have made it in the playoffs....might require some travel for crossover games.
Referees - with the exception citied above and a missed goalie interference call, I feel the games were done fairly....let them play...if the K's get fed up they know how to check and slash....ask Southy about slashes to the legs.
Go K's...prove me wrong and beat the Cyclones....best of luck.
P.S.-my sincere apologies for anyone offended by my Chaulk comment....but I stand by my statement...LOL
Something is going to have to change next season with the alignment of teams. With the addition of Indy, we will have 6 teams -- Kalamazoo, Fort Wayne, Indy, Evansville, Toledo, and Cincy.
I think Cincinnati will move to the division with Wheeling, Reading, and Elmira