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ECHL to roll out replay at 4 arenas

October 4, 2018

This is a step in the right direction. 

The ECHL announced it will test video replay of goals at home games this season at arenas in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Boise, Idaho.

At the referee’s discretion, goals can be reviewed using overhead cameras to determine if they crossed the goal line; entered off a kicking motion; were batted or thrown into the net; or entered before the net was dislodged from its moorings.

Things won’t be changing, it seems, this season at Memorial Coliseum, though, so we can still look forward to the officials pretending not to look at the scoreboard to make a call, but we’re on our way toward replay.

It should be noted that two division rivals of the Komets will have replay at their buildings. 

“We have had extensive discussion on how to best move forward with this initiative, and it became apparent that a pilot program to test our systems and protocol was the best solution to determine next steps,” ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin said. “The video replay testing program was recommended by our rules committee and has the support of ECHL coaches as the overall goal is to improve our tools to make the best call on-ice.”

jcohn@jg.net 

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