2
 
0

BWL vs.VSV

5
 
2

BWL vs.DEC

5
 
6

KAC vs.HCI

1
 
4

VSV vs.RBS

9
 
3

MZA vs.HCI

2
 
3

HCB vs.VIC

3
 
1

G99 vs.ZNO

0
 
3

AVS vs.KAC

0
 
0

DEC vs.AVS

0
 
0

RBS vs.AVS

0
 
0

VIC vs.HCB

0
 
0

VSV vs.BWL

0
 
0

VIC vs.MZA

0
 
0

HCI vs.KAC

0
 
0

DEC vs.G99

0
 
0

ZNO vs.HCB

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Lyle Seitz speaks about the playoffs



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Freitag, 14.März 2014 - 7:34 - Director of Hockey Operations Lyle Seitz gives his view after some criticism about the Officiating in the first playoff games.

What are your thoughts so far about the 2014 Erste Bank Eishockey Liga playoffs?
Lyle Seitz: “So far, so good. I’m very happy with the emotion, excitement and quality of hockey played. The fans have been high spirited. The buildings are very exciting to go to with the energy the fans are creating. From a League perspective, most all the building are at or near capacity and to that we (the EBEL League) have to say thank you. We are learning as we progress, the fans appreciate high tempo, high energy hockey.”

There has been some criticism about the Officiating in the first three games - what are your thoughts?
Seitz: “We are very happy with the job the Referees are doing. I say we, because the League has brought in additional help from the NHL and Sweden to help achieve the best product available for our players, coaches, refs and fans. What we do understand is passionate fans are passionate about their one team. It’s human nature and expected. We also realize each club is going to do what it takes to win. We also understand - this is Playoff hockey. What is maybe difficult for all to understand is the League cares about all teams equally. We (the League Management) have no emotion. We want the best team to win. And sitting in a neutral seat, the game is viewed and assessed much differently then when all your eggs are in one basket, supporting one team only.”

People have many opinions, but some feel this year’s Playoffs is dirty and ruff – your thoughts?
Seitz: “I disagree. Hitting is still part of the game. Emotions within the game are important and Playoffs demonstrates emotions and sways. Momentum within a period/game/series is of the upmost importance. I look at it differently. I have the luxury of working with many other Countries in IDOPS. The EBEL is safe and the EBEL has minimal issues. I see hits, dirty hits and have a pretty good feel for what is happening in other Professional Leagues as well and the EBEL is playing a exciting/safe brand of hockey. Injuries are part of the game. Nobody likes to see injuries, but if we take everything out of the game, there will be no game left. Hockey is a high tempo sport with contact.”

How do you feel you can help prevent injuries?
Seitz: “It starts with educating. I have seen somewhere in the range of 3000 EBEL clips from this season and I will say in many situations – what is the player doing that is getting or about to get hit? Not always, what is the player doing that is making the hit? This starts with Coaching at a young level. The EBEL is the cart in front of the horse for educating. But we have to keep a strong effort to educate everyone, EBEL players included. There are two parts to the game, what you do with the puck and equally as important, what you do away from the puck. I’m not sold on everyone knows all aspects of the game. When you have a well trained, well educated player playing against a player without proper knowledge, it is potentially a receipt for disaster.”

Can the Referees do more in your opinion?
Seitz: “Always. They learn daily, improve daily and it will be a never ending process. I will also say that putting all the responsibility on a Referee to maintain a standard without the players’ ability or willingness to change is an impossible venture. To date, this is not the case in the EBEL. We are on a road to improvement and it will take time. The EBEL has great Coaches leading the charge. The Coaches are passionate and truly care about the game. With their support and certainly with what they have already proved, I’m confident we are making progress. The players have also engaged in improving the product. What we have now achieved is a team effort. This has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the great job the refs, the players and the coaches are doing as a big team. This is providing the fans with a great sporting entertainment package.”

In this year’s EBEL Playoffs, each of the four series is quite different - what are your thoughts?
Seitz: “100% agree. Bozen playing SAPA has no previous history, Vienna playing VSV many years of history. I’ll ask you a question – is a Derby game different then say a team in East playing a team in West which has minimal to no years of history? Of course it’s different. We knew that the minute we knew who was playing who in Round 1.The League is prepared. The Refs are prepared for each game, depending on the style of the series. Most importantly the fans know. The game is about the fans. Just go to each building, as I have been doing and it is very different depending on the emotions and history of the series. The unknown - That’s sports and we love it and I’m sure that is why the fans love it.”

Is this why there is much attention in some series and not in other?
Seitz: “Again yes. I’ll give you some quick real facts. VSV(11.3 penalties/game) and Vienna (10.0 penalties/game) are playing each other. After 3 games played, they are leading all teams in penalties per game. In the Bozen (3.0 penalties/game) and SAPA (3.7 penalties/game) which is a much different series then VSV/VIE, they are playing a different style of a series. Is this the Referees fault or players fault? It’s neither. It is the way the series is playing itself out. That is the best thing about hockey and specifically playoff hockey. For the Referees, they are switching to different series each game night. So no one can say the Refs pad these stats. They are real. From the League side, we were not worried. We like it. No one can say in any of the four series being played that the games haven’t been very exciting to watch.”

Last question - what are you telling the Refs each game night?
Seitz: “We (the League) follow trends. There are two parts for the Refs. First part is dealing with the game they just worked, this is done to help them improve. Second step and most importantly in Playoffs is through explanations and video clips we prepare the Refs for what could potentially happen in their next game. Sometimes it is based on previous game events, sometimes it is what is beginning to occur and we need to work for a consistent/fair standard. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize: the Referees can only react after something has occurred. It’s a reactive job more than a proactive job on the ice. We as the League work our hardest to reverse that. Being proactive (education) is the best tool and this is done in the pre-game preparation leading up to each game. But as we all know, we can prepare based on previous events and the next game can be played quite differently.”

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