NEW YORK -- A screening committee comprised of NHL general managers said referees are appropriately enforcing obstruction rules.
"The committee believes that the standard is working well and has not slipped, and we will not allow it to slip," Colin Campbell, the committee chairman and league disciplinarian, said of the unanimous vote Tuesday. "We are doing what we said we would do when it comes to enforcement on obstruction and forechecker interference.
"So that there is no confusion, the standard adopted for this season only deals with obstruction and interference away from the puck, and those calls are being made. The standard does not apply, and never was intended to apply, to battles for the puck or checking the puck carrier."
The committee includes Brian Burke of the Vancouver Canucks, Bob Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers, Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils, Kevin Lowe of the Edmonton Oilers, Craig Patrick of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Glen Sather of the New York Rangers.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and representatives of senior league management and of the officiating and hockey operations departments were also in attendance.