A man who has forgotten more about officiating in hockey than I ever knew, The Green Zone’s Darrell Davis, has often said that video review has ruined professional sports.
There is the human element to athletics and in his mind, there should be a human element to officiating as well.
I won’t go that far, but his opinion gained momentum in Edmonton this week.
On Tuesday night Oilers star Connor McDavid appeared to score what proved to be the overtime winner in a 1-0 win over Dallas.
The goal was waived off after video review, even though there appeared to be white ice between the puck and the goal line.
We are in a time of HD and 4K video that would illustrate many glaring mistakes by officials if there was no video review.
It is imperative to get more calls right than wrong.
However, when officials have to use their judgement as to whether to overturn a call, after looking at a screen, it illustrates a shortcoming in the process.
Those shortcomings were evident on Tuesday night.