Two Man System In Hockey

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Register to read the introduction… The first and most basic system is the two man referee system, in which each official is a referee and a linesman, or has the power to call a penalty and watch and call the lines. In this system, each referee stays on one side of the ice, and the goal is for each to see the entire field of play. This system is generally used in youth hockey games due to the low level of contact and the minor degree of penalties, and because it is the least expensive system, as it only uses two men. The three man system is a much more effective system, utilizing two linesman, and one referee. The linesmen both patrol the blue lines, watching for off sides violations. This is the system that is used in most higher ranking leagues, such as junior hockey, it was also used in the NHL for some period of time. In the three man system, the referee no longer needs to keep his eye on the lines, he can focus completely on the game and any infractions made during it. This system allows for much less skating for the officials than the two man, and actually makes the ice less cluttered, due to the considerably reduced amount of movement by the officials. The new system adopted by the NHL, which is now the dominant method, is the four man referee system. This includes two referees, and two linesmen, incorporating the best of each of the other two systems. With two referees on the ice, penalties rarely go unseen, because there is almost always an eye on every player on the ice. Having an extra referee on the ice provides for a safer environment for all players. The only drawback of the system is the high expense of having to pay four officials per game, and the extra people that it puts onto the ice (Leaf

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