REPORT: NHL Analyst shares what happens in the NHL's Situation Room in Toronto

December 16, 2022  (8:10 PM)

We've seen quite a few controversial calls over these past few seasons that has fans scratching their heads. Whether it be an offside call or a goalie interference call, fans never know what the outcome will be because it seems to change every game.

Even in-game commentators at times are amazed on how something was called a goal or wasn't called a goal.
Last night we saw an example of an ''offside goal'' that was called back in overtime between the Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues that has people again wondering what the actual rules are:
Dave Jackson who was a former referee turned NHL Analyst shares on Twitter what goes on in the Situation room in Toronto:
I feel the need to add some insight as to what goes on in the Situation Room. I worked a total of 34 years for the NHL, both on and off the ice. In that time, I spent a total of 10 minutes inside the room, taking a quick tour. Last month, because of my position at ESPN I had the privilege of spending an entire evening in the room. There were 13 games being played and every game had a dedicated «Logger» who reviewed and documented every zone entry, scoring chance, and infraction with the help of 3 Hi-def monitors and super slo-mo - there is also a leadership group of 3-5 ppl on any given night who are ex-NHL players and coaches. They have played or coached for a combined 24 different NHL franchises. Add to that, 1 retired NHL official who is a current supervisor and takes a turn swinging through - the room on a monthly basis. Each of these officials (7 total) have all worked in excess of 1000 NHL games. I had no idea what a technological marvel this room is. Picture NASA but with nothing but hockey on the screens and rule books and memos piled everywhere - When anything happens in any game that may require a review, it's immediately, «All hands on deck» It's a rush seeing their team jump into action. The logger in question is immediately surrounded by the leadership group and the play in question is isolated and prepped - to be reviewed and sent to in-arena tablets in the penalty box. Communication lines are opened to the arena and they're ready for a coach's challenge if needed. They are so efficient and professional, they usually have a definitive answer before the refs even get on the - headset. It pains me to read comments that «they flip a coin» or «don't want a certain team or country to win» I realize that these comments are based in frustration but they are ignorant, disingenuous and could not be further from the truth. The men in this room - have hundreds of years and thousands of games of experience in the NHL. They are principled, honest and hard working. Their integrity is beyond reproach. I don't agree with every decision they make but I never worry that any decision has an ounce of bias. They want - to get every call right and serve the game to the best of their abilities. The have immense pride in the work that they do. If anyone feels like taking a deep dive into their body of work, I encourage you to dig up video of calls not involving your favorite team - I think you'll find that their calls are extremely consistent and fair. It's a tough job without much praise and I for one have a ton of respect for all they do

REPORT: NHL Analyst shares what happens in the NHL's Situation Room in Toronto

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