You and your staff are making it harder and harder to be a fan in the NHL. Your actions (and non-actions) have made it VERY difficult for me to continue to watch and attend NHL games.
In the past decade and a half, I have witnessed some extremely questionable calls. I understand that not everything can be seen as it happens on the ice, and that sometimes calls will be missed and mistakes will be made. Tonight, however, it was lowered that to an entirely new level.
The officiating crew of the CBJ vs. DET game on April 23, 2009 performed their duties pitifully. Throughout the entire 08-09 season, I have seen incredibly biased penalty calls all around the NHL.
But nothing like what I witnessed at the game tonight.
The final penalty of "Too Many Men On The Ice" was completely wrong and inappropriate.
If I didn't know any better, I'd say that the referees fixed the game with that call.
If I was a new fan to hockey, I'd certainly think that.
These are your employees and they are not doing their job properly. At any other company, they would be fired.
The time has come for me to choose whether I spend thousands of dollars to renew my season tickets for next season. If no firm actions are taken about the officiating in the NHL, I see no reason why I should spend that money. I love watching hockey in person, but if there's nothing substantial done about the biased officiating, I have no desire to attend or watch NHL games in the future.
Thank you for your time.
Kevan J. Geier
2008-2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Season Ticket Holder
Who the fuck are the Columbus Blue Jackets?
Must be some intramural team.