OHL to use video judge

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

The Ontario Hockey League wants to come as close as possible to ensuring it gets it right.

So for the first time, the OHL conference finals and final will have the benefit of a video goal judge.

Much like the way the NHL operates, the OHL will have a war room in its head office in Scarborough on game nights and each goal will be reviewed. The video goal judge, for at least the first four games of each series, will be OHL officiating supervisor Jim Lever. He will be in direct contact with the back-up referee at each game.

"With the broadcast of all of our games it's another way we can support the overall presentation," OHL commissioner David Branch said. "We're always challenging ourselves to do things better and more efficiently."

There won't be additional cameras set up by the OHL. Branch said Lever will watch the games on the regular feeds through Rogers and Cogeco Cable. There are no plans to use a video goal judge in regular-season games, Branch said.

Meanwhile, both Will Colbert and Mark Flood, the captains of the Ottawa 67's and Peterborough Petes respectively, acknowledged they are thinking of what could be an easier road to the Memorial Cup.

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If the Cup host London Knights eliminate the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference final, the winner of the Eastern Conference won't have to win the OHL final to advance to the Memorial Cup.

"I don't think it's at the back of our minds, it's right up there (at the front)," Colbert said. "We know it's a special opportunity to make it to the Memorial Cup if London does prevail in the West."


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