Kudos to NHL general managers who endorse giving the final decision on goalie interference video reviews to the league’s hockey operations department.
I am all for the human element of officiating. They are trained professionals who don’t always get the respect they deserve. I am also for some coaches challenges in sports when it comes to scoring plays. To have two NHL referees make a decision based on what they see on a tablet in front of 18,000 fans puts those referees in a terrible position.
Again, officials are only human. Watching officials look at a screen also makes for bad television.
Another benefit is to have a handful of officials in a situation room have a consistent interpretation of what is goaltender interference, and what isn’t. The interpretation of a rule from 30 different referees is going to vary, which can lead to inconsistency.
I’m not normally a fan of rule changes in the middle of a season, but this is one I can get behind.