GIF: Watch from NHL referee Tim Peel's perspective as he makes the wrong call
When it comes to his job as an NHL referee, Tim Peel generally isn't considered competent by the hockey watching public. The popular, and mostly negative, perception of Peel probably isn't totally fair (and at least he's a good sport), but it is well earned.
This NHL season, new Canadian broadcast rights holder Rogers Sportsnet has installed a downright Orwellian variety of camera angles in NHL rinks across the continent. One of the new camera angles that Rogers is using - and promoting heavily - on their broadcasts is the so called "ref cam," which is essentially a GoPro camera perched on the helmet of the on-ice officials.
This is what the setup looks like:
So now when oft-criticized NHL referee Tim Peel gets a call wrong: hockey fans can view the play he bungled through his own eyes!
That camera angle adds an entirely new perspective, a whole new contextual richness, to the way we experience Peel being relatively shoddy at officiating NHL games.
Ultimately the goal, Radim Vrbata's first as a Vancouver Canuck, counted after a lengthy video review process. Here's the video for you to review, should it have counted?
NHL hockey operations thought so, as they explained on their Situation Room blog:
At 11:07 of the second period in the Vancouver Canucks/Calgary Flames game, video review determined that the puck deflected off the shaft of Radim Vrbata's stick at or below the level of the crossbar before it entered the Calgary net. According to Rule 38.4 (vi) "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick in relation to the crossbar. If the puck makes contact with the portion of the stick that is at or below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good goal Vancouver.