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Thread #109829 Message #2350039
Posted By: wysiwyg
27-May-08 - 08:48 AM
Thread Name: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
Subject: RE: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
If the officials don't see something, they are prevented by league rules from calling it-- that's what the suspension process is meant to address, where league officials can ask for all relevant footage of an incident and make a punitive determination on their own. A penalty lasts just a few minutes, but a suspension costs the player and team his playing time when they most wish they could have it, as well as stiff fines. It's a substantial deterrent that can be triggered by league officials on their own or, if they miss it, by the team whose player was endangered.