Just hours before the puck dropped for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman proclaimed, “To be clear, we have the best officials in the world.” Not long after, everything pretty much went sideways.
This year’s Stanley Cup final will and should ultimately be remembered for how the St. Louis Blues scratched and clawed their way from last place to winning the first NHL championship in franchise history, led by a rookie goalie who was all but discarded by the organization. It should and will be remembered for being one of the most anxiety-inducing, intense and compelling four rounds of hockey in recent memory.
But it will also be remembered for moments of misfortune and of outright incompetence from the men Bettman called the best officials in the world. There were ...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.