The National Post had an interesting story on the plight of NHL referees.
The gist of it is they have a hard job and they’re not always evaluated fairly. Some refs might have even lost their jobs without just cause. Mark Spector places a lot of the blame at the feet of the NHL, where refs have no clear guidance on just how to do their jobs. Sometimes obstruction is an issue, but when it’s called too much, the league complains about powerplays. And because the rules really change period to period, the players have no idea how to adapt. If the league would commit to a style of officiating, the players could learn how they’re expected to play.
Oh well. Good thing there’s no hockey.