New Technology Solving Controversial Goals in Hockey?

New Technology Solving Controversial Goals in Hockey?

Leagues and organizations are constantly looking for ways to innovate and better themselves and the National Hockey League is no different. The NHL is continually trying to “get it right” with respect to not only controversial calls but goals as well. Goals play a large impact on the out come of a hockey game and limiting the amount of doubt or controversy surrounding these type of goals is and should continue to be an issue for the league.

As recently reported in an article by TSN’s Darren Dreger he stated the news that  personnel from theNational Hockey League Hockey Operations are expected to meet with an innovative group that has designed an enhanced video camera system that can be installed in the posts of the nets. This particular enhanced system may finally be what the NHL needs with respect to providing a more clear view of the goal line and fully determining weather or not the puck did in fact cross the line.

Numerous different attempts have been made by the National Hockey league in the past and I am sure many more will be attempted but ultimately gaining perfection or 100 % accuracy within the game of hockey can be considered a long shot most likely by many. The fact signs of progress are being made continue to be a positive re assurance or act as some hope for the NHL regarding the issue of controversial goals.

Lastly, with the on going innovations of technology in todays society it seems that in a way we are taking out or lessing the human element of the game. Officials like the players take their job very seriously as well but also like players have to make split second decisions that are sometimes possibly controversial. The old school people involved in hockey might argue that the human element is needed and the game is in the officials hands but with the speed of the game increasing as well with technology doesn’t the league have to continually enhance it’s policies through technology if it can and attempt to get 100 % accuracy on a regular basis.

I end this blog by asking you the following two questions to think about?

  1. Do you think the camera’s in the posts may be the resolution that the NHL has been looking for with regards to controversial goals and if not do you have any suggestions or recommendations?

2. To what extent is the human element of the officials needed in hockey?


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2 Responses to New Technology Solving Controversial Goals in Hockey?

  1. bh10wg says:

    I believe that cameras in the posts may be exactly what the league needs, when you see a replay of a shot that is questionable about whether or not it had crossed the goal line it usually shown from above the cross bar. From this angle there is many factors that impede your vision including the cross bar and the netting. However, if you have a camera in the post the only thing that can get in the way of your vision of the goal line is the goalie, making it much easier to determine if the puck had crossed the goal line.

    In terms of the extent of the human element of the officials, Is there job to be there as a fail safe, to make the calls that can not be determined through machinery but need the human discretion.

  2. qs10im says:

    I think that cameras in the inside of the goal posts would be a great thing for the NHL to invest in. This is because they do need try and do anything possible to get the call correct. If these cameras help to eliminate incorrect calls that is all that matters and they should try them at least. With regards to the human element of officiating, it is important to have officials because they can properly take into context what is going on in the game and make calls accordingly.

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