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Penalties, and the people that dole them out.

Thursday, January 04, 2007
On a sudden, sporadic whim this evening, I took an hour out of my evening to do a little stat scanning. The reason? Well, for at least a little while now, members of the HFBoards -- and specifically the Blue Jackets' board -- have been up in arms at times over penalties that the Blue Jackets have been getting. I know during that long road trip in December, one of the biggest gripes was targeted at Don "Have another doughnut" Koharski, who if you'll recall also drew my ire after a 10 penalty night against the Phoenix Coyotes back in December.

The statistics I'm about to throw out are anything but scientific. They're also completely neglecting of game footage to review, and then decide with amateur skills whether a penalty was a good call or not. I also have removed fighting majors, as well as misconducts, though I did make specific note to mention if a referee gave a game misconduct if they did. So in short, the penalty count for each game and each referee reflects minors and double minors, with disregard for if one is matching a penalty for the opposing team or not.

Most penalties in a game: 3-way tie
10/21 - 11 penalties (Joanette & Kimmerly)
11/28 - 11 penalties + gross misconduct (McGeough & O'Rourke)
12/29 - 11 penalties (Kowal & Meier)

Notes: Even though Tom Kowal took part in one of the highest penalized games against the CBJ, it should be noted that his Penalty Per Game (PPG) average is only 7 (21 penalties over 3 games). His partner during the game, Brad Meier, actually averages an 8.5 PPG, however has only officiated 2 CBJ games, meaning he could have been the culprit in that penalty bonanza.

As for the game on 11/18 against the Predators, I'm intrigued by the Gross Misconduct more than anything (it was on Adam Foote), since ... and I hate to sound ignorant, I'd only heard of Game Misconducts. This was also Dan O'Rourke's only game officiating the CBJ so far this season.

The game on 10/21 is very interesting to point out because it concerns two of the most whistle-blowing referees against the CBJ; Greg Kimmerly and Marc Joanette. Joanette is disqualified from the race for highest PPG due to only officiating 2 CBJ games, but I'll get to Kimmerly in a little.

Least penalties in a game: 2-way tie
11/22 - 3 penalties (O'Halloran & Pochmara)
12/28 - 3 penalties (Vanmassenhoven & Warren)

Notes: Nothing really groundbreaking when it comes to these statistics here. I do want to note that Dean Warren and Brian Pochmara both actually tied for the lowest PPG as well, which I'll get in to a little further down this entry.

Highest PPG (Penalty Per Game) average (minimal 3 games officiated):
1st) Lee - 9.666 PPG (3 games)
2nd) Koharski - 9.25 PPG (4 games)
3rd) Kimmerly - 8.666 PPG (3 games)

Penalty: Even though Koharski has been the target of many a CBJ fan's disgust and loathe for referees, he actually only comes up with the silver medal when it comes to who is the Blue Jackets' #1 public enemy in the striped uniforms. Chris Lee edges out Koharski (but this could also be linked to the difference in total games). Actually, and this is interesting ... two of the three games during that road trip with Koharski, Lee was the other official (9 and 10 penalties respectively in the two games). The other game he officiated was early in October alongside Joanette (10 penalties). So even though Joanette can't make the 3 game minimal, you can see he's already been mentioned a few times.

Kimmerly brings up the rear in third. After the 11 penalty outburst in October, Kimmerly toned it down a bit with an 8 penalty game (alongside Bill McCreary) and a 7 penalty game (with Paul Devorski).

Lowest PPG (Penalty Per Game) average (minimal 3 games officiated):
1st) Warren/Pochmara - 5 PPG (4 games/3 games)
2nd) LaRue/McGeough - 5.75 PPG (4 games/3 games)
3rd) Marouelli - 6 PPG (4 games)

Notes: Like I mentioned previously, Pochmara and Warren both took part in their respective games which had the least amount of penalties levied against the Blue Jackets, which probably helped out a lot in cementing their spots as "CBJ Fan's Favorite Referees". Meanwhile, and this one is amusing to me, Mick McGeough comes up in a tie for 2nd. Apparently even though the Mickster can't see to save his life as we all learned after an interesting game between Dallas and Edmonton in November, he tends to tuck the whistle away; at least when around the CBJ. Dan Marouelli comes up with the final spot.

Anyway, there really wasn't much science -- if any -- behind this little compilation of numbers and referee finger-pointing. If anything, I'd have to compare certain referee's penalty counts to how many penalties they call on a few other teams before I could come up with anything concrete concerning refs who are either whistle-happy or who just hate teams in navy blue colors. Sadly, I haven't the time for such in-depth analysis.

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  • At 12:55 PM, Blogger Tyler said…

    Great post. This is really an idea that none of the CBJ bloggers have really addressed. There's been some really questionable officiating the last few games, and I'm hoping it's just a couple of the refs in the league.

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