While it appears NFL referees could be back to work shortly, NHL officials will reportedly have to wait until the hockey lockout ends before they can get back on the ice.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the National Hockey League Officials Association is asking its members to refrain from working in other leagues or over in Europe.
Apparently the NHLOA doesn’t want to take jobs away from non-NHL referees and, in addition, wants its members to stay healthy and be ready to go once the lockout ends.
It’s a big ask for NHL referees and linesmen, as they don’t get paid during a players lockout.
During the 2004-05 work stoppage that canceled the entire hockey season, some officials took day jobs to help pay the bills.
For example, Dave Jackson became a substitute teacher.
From Sports Illustrated (Oct. 18, 2004):
In the past month he has monitored a high school science test, explained to seventh- and eighth-graders that Indonesia can’t be found in the Caribbean, broken up a scuffle between eighth-graders, mopped up a puddle left by a nervous kindergartner, reffed fourth-grade floor hockey, handed out detention and coached handball.
However, it’s unlikely every referee will be able to find temporary work during the lockout.
As Jackson said at the time: “It’s not like you can go to a company, expect them to train you and leave three months later, or whenever the NHL season starts.”
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”