Is NHL Referee Rob Martell A Moron?

NHL Referee Rob Martell. Just seeing his name associated with one of our games makes me cringe. I am really starting to wonder if he knows what the fuck he’s doing. Is he a complete moron? In tonight’s LA Kings v. Anaheim Ducks game, Rob Martell, who wears number 26, called off a goal. Why?

When the video is available on YouTube, I will embed it. You all saw it. Marian Gaborik was streaking for the net. Rob Martell was at a perfect angle to see the entire play. Gaborik started to brake. He was braking hard. Snow was coming off his skates. Clear as day. The Ducks defenseman then maneuvered Gaborik into Ducks’ goalie Andersen and, again, you can clearly see this at game speed.

I didn’t need a replay. The issue of interference or incidental contact? Non issue. Except to NHL referee Rob Martell. Everyone else was just wondering if it went in. I saw it go in and so did my buddy Tyler who sat right next to me. We have a good goal…or so I thought.

Rob Martell called off the goal because of incidental contact. Now, how does a player who starts breaking at the hash marks, never makes a forward stride and is pushed into a goaltender create incidental contact to justify calling off a goal?

If NHL referee Rob Martell was here, we could ask him. If he was here, he would be holding his broken nose, his eyes would be watering and he would most certainly be laying on the ground, writhing in pain, but when he could speak again, he could try and come up with an explanation.

I have one. It’s called the rule book.

Rule 69.1:

Interference on the Goalkeeper – This rule is based on the premise that an attacking player’s position, whether inside or outside the crease, should not, by itself, determine whether a goal should be allowed or disallowed. In other words, goals scored while attacking players are standing in the crease may, in appropriate circumstances be allowed. Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease. Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. The rule will be enforced exclusively in accordance with the on-ice judgment of the Referee(s), and not by means of video replay or review.

For purposes of this rule, “contact,” whether incidental or otherwise, shall mean any contact that is made between or among a goalkeeper and attacking player(s), whether by means of a stick or any part of the body.

The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.

If a defending player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by an attacking player so as to cause the defending player to come into contact with his own goalkeeper, such contact shall be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, and if necessary a penalty assessed to the attacking player and if a goal is scored it would be disallowed.

Emphasis obviously added. More importantly though, it should never even get to that analysis. Marian Gaborik at no point did anything to interfere or keep Anderson from playing his position. He didn’t initiate contact any more than my fist has done so with Rob Martell’s face. While a boy can dream, this isn’t even a close call.

You may be saying, “hey Scribe, give the poor guy a break. He made a mistake.”

A mistake?

You mean a mistake like this one against the Red Wings that Rob Martell and three other zebras made? Where the puck went out of play, hit the net, came back in and went into the goal and NHL referee Rob Martell – yes, the same NHL referee Rob Martell – and his posse missed that too? Yeah, yeah, he was watching the goal line. He couldn’t be expected to, you know, look up as the puck travels over his head, hits the net and bounces back? I mean shit, it’s hard work out there staring at a line.

Boy, it sure seems Rob Martell makes a lot of mistakes.

Color me confounded. What is NHL officiating coming to? I know a couple of beer leagues that could use a referee.

What are your thoughts about NHL Referee, number 26, Rob Martell?

Here is his resume, from the NHL Officials website…didn’t know there was such a stupid thing until tonight.

League NHL
NHLOA Member Since 9/1/1992
Regular Season Games 813
First Regular Season 1995/1996
First Regular Season Game NEW YORK ISLANDERS @ OTTAWA – 4/7/1996
Playoff Games 0
First Playoff Season
First Playoff Game @ –

How many playoff games since 1995/1996?


Is that nada, zilch, not good enough to actually officiate one, that I read??

Huh. Imagine that.

A poll!

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55 replies

  1. Surprised you also didnt mention “the mayors” WONDERFUL analysis and bullshit response to surly..but its ok I think I got him with my witty response

  2. They got the bounce on their goal and we did not. It’s that simple. I don’t blame the ref. We controlled the play for what, maybe, 40 minutes? We again, couldn’t finish our chances. Anderson (?) gave up how many rebounds? The puck was not bouncing our way. We’ll get ’em in the playoffs!

  3. You should bold this part of the rule also: Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.

  4. Are NHL officials decided for the playoffs through a regular season grading system or is that another sport? If it is the NHL it could show why this guy hasn’t officiated the playoffs, which is he is a chronic fucktard. No offense to fucktards.

    • My understanding , which is by no means thorough, is that NHL referees are given playoff games based on regular season performance. What metrics they use to determine performance, I have no idea. But this schmuck not having reffed a playoff game is definitely an indication that his skills are sub-par, unless he cares so little about his job that he just fucks iff on vacation every April-June.

  5. The NHL should allow for this type of play to be reviewed. That way, Rob Martell won’t be able to fuck up any more calls like this one.

  6. OMFG, this blog was so funny I nearly pissed myself. I’m still holding my stomach from laughing so hard. Just pure anger and hatred, fucking love it. Sometimes the best stuff just comes at the spur of the moment. Without trying to rationalize and calm oneself, we set out on a hateful rant full of spite.

    So yeah, I agree that Martell is a piece of shit. No doubt about it. Really, I’m ready to throw some conspiracy theories out into the open. Damn, I was mad. I unleashed a 10 minute campaign of swearing and verbal abuse unlike I’ve done in a while. I was watching the game on the open patio at a hotel, so naturally I was approached by onlookers and asked such questions as “is this a good game”? I didn’t see any children but a security guard asked “is everything alright”, or something of that nature. I also pounded the crap out of this round bread I was going to eat with my soup. I think that’s when this lame ass bitch pointed me out.

    Don’t know what else to say. Would have been a great goal if it wasn’t waived off. Damn

  7. There is nothing worse than a really good game being ruined by a controversial call. I’d like to see the league adopt the coaches challenge. It will be totally worth it cause they are always wrong.

  8. The thing that frustrated me most is that he lost sight of the puck so he moved closer to the net, then saw the puck was out, and that’s when he waived it off. Contact had already been made and he did not make the signal at that point. To me, he waived no goal because he didn’t see it cross but wanted to feel like God and ruled contact which then negates the review process.

    It’s a shame that the Kings, again, get robbed of at least a point because of a referee’s error.

    • Moreover, this is a classic Ducks victory: goal off of opposing player’s body and a game changing call going their way.

      It had to be against these pieces of shit, didn’t it?

    • That’s an interesting perspective on that no goal, Ryan J! He did take his time about calling off that goal. Of course, we can’t read his mind, but it WOULD be a logical assumption that he was looking at whether or not the puck had made it into the net. He was too far away to know for certain.

      My guess is that he knew it wasn’t a penalty on Gaborik, so he couldn’t call a penalty on the play. Next, he would need to know if the puck had crossed the goal line. Then, he would call goal or no goal. There’s no way he could have known whether or not that puck had crossed the line from his angle. And he couldn’t call no goal if it didn’t go in!! So … he ASSUMED that the puck had crossed the line and then called no goal. HE HAD TO DO THIS BECAUSE THERE IS NO VIDEO REVIEW ON THIS KIND OF PLAY!!

      Question: If a referee can’t tell if it was a goal or not, how can he make a call? It seems to me that, BECAUSE THERE IS NO VIDEO REVIEW, the referee is forced to make a call one way or the other, even if he doesn’t know for certain whether or not it IS a goal!!!!

      I watched the highlights on NHL TONIGHT. They DID NOT show the whole play! And there was no analysis of the call. I would think that they would have shown the entire play! This is a coverup! They just mentioned, briefly, that the goal had been disallowed! If they had shown the entire play, more people would be up in arms about the bad decision by the referee! This is political! It’s the same with the U.S. federal government! They only show you what they want you to see! The Kings were, to use bad language, FUCKED by Martell! I hope he’s happy with the way the league and the NHL Channel are covering this up for him!!

  9. I didn’t realize it was same moron as the Detroit game..geez
    I can’t stand Dan O’Halloran.
    It is hard enough to play without refs dictating who will have the advantage for a particular game. As we have said so many times cannot win if killing penalties all night..or in this case trying to regroup/refocus when you have been screwed over as happened last night.
    Kings were so determined, just ran out of time.
    Really a shame.
    Points our division..

    • And this furthers the shame of this whole situation. This Martell prick cost us a point and Regulation Win in Detroit and the cost us at least a point last night. So this one asshole has taken 2 points from the Kings because he’s inefficient at his job. 2 points in the West is freaking HUGE, especially at this stage of the season.

    • Hockey used to be a much better game. Now, because the referees are attempting to play god, they’re ruining things for everyone. The GMs meet every year to discuss change, and they can only come up with more things for the referees to make calls on!

      Defensemen can hardly touch an attacking forward anymore. Look at the hooking call that was called on Muzzin, in the Toronto game. The referee gave a two handed signal for the hooking penalty and Muzzin was only waving his stick at the forward … with ONE HAND!! I know you can slash with one hand, but just holding the stick parallel to the ice with one hand is NOT hooking!

      • Don’t get me started on ‘Interference’calls!

        • Brown has not been the same since he got hurt last year. He does not seem to have the extra uumph! He does not seem as quick or positioned as he used to be. He is not Captain Crunch anymore. Yes! Martell has always been a moron. There has been a great deal of moronic calls by officials this year. More than usual in my opinion.

          • I seriously think Brownie’s knee is not 100%.
            He is just not one to whine about or make excuses. Knee injuries and or surgeries can take a few years to be 100% and that is without playing a contract sport.
            As for the poor officiating this season..I was thinking the same thing!

          • We don’t have a few years to give Dustin Brown at $6 million per season.

          • I understand that. We could say that about a lot of the players..and the RFAs and the UFAs..etc. And being 29 I guess it is time to label him old as well. The whole idea of putting a worth on each player is crazy (to me). Human beings here. I had an operation on elbow tendon and related..Workman’s comp..and I HATE people who use the system to get out of working..I was told should have done years earlier..anyway whenever you do a wc you also have lawsuit filed..WC then awards you x amount of dollars on what part of your body is now permantly disabled..the idea that a ‘group of people’ could put a monetary price on a part of me left a very bitter taste in my mouth. When we start saying a player is damaged and not as valuable, it causes me to feel similar sour taste.
            I think being a seasoned vetran with aquired knowledge should also be a value the player brings to their game.
            I know I got off track but wanted to make that point.
            I also do not know if you bloggers are aware but
            Terry Trefford, 20 yr old OHL player took his life last week after being demoted from his team for partying during a road trip. The kid thought he had nothing to live for. We have to be cognizant that these overpaid athletes are human like young..and emotionally vunerable.

  10. One more thing. How many times has Quickie been hit and no call comes? He is not exactly the biggest goalie in the league, and he gets punished on a regular basis.

  11. You could feel the anger and disappointment in the crowd…..not to mention every Kings fan was yelling “REF YOU SUCK!!!” As the lower level assaulted the ice with whatever trash they could get over the glass. Total and utter disgust for that refferee. He’s like that asshole at work who keeps his job when he fucks up because he’s the boss’s son. I have no problem when we lose to a good team. I don’t like it, but if that team was better than us then they deserve the 2 points. It just frustrates me to no end as a fan watching the game I love (& the team I love) get embarrassed by a refferee with ZERO integrity.

    • Yes, Deadendcruiser, it is indeed sad. I wish there were something that fans could do about that scum of a Referee. Maybe he should be investigated for corruption!

      I was sickened when I watched Boudreau on video! He was saying how Gaborik’s interference of his goalie should have been a penalty! I wanted to scream!!!! Fuck you Boudreau, and fuck the “Wimpy Ducks!!!”

      Go Kings!!!

      • Fat boy is just doing his job. I don’t get mad at him. I laugh at him.

        • If I screwed up on a regular basis on my job like he does I’d be in the unemployment line……period

        • You’re being too kind! Now that I know that Martell’s the asshole that made that bad call on the puck that dropped down out of the netting onto Quicks back … and went into the net for a goal … I’m going to hate watching any game where he’s officiating!

          I think the thing that really gets me is how the NHL Network, or NBC, won’t stick their neck out and tell the truth on these controversial calls. We’ve all been watching ice hockey for a long time. I’ve been watching since 1967! My first games were Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadian games. I could get those broadcasts on my local TV station, in northern NY!

          As for Boudreau, you would expect that he would open his mouth and show his ignorance (he’s as much of an ass as his players are). But one would hope that someone, maybe Barry Melrose, would speak out and tell the viewers that that was a terrible call against the Kings. I guess they’re all afraid of losing their cushy jobs.

  12. Melrose and Pierre LeBrun are the only two guys in the hockey media world that give a shit about the Kings.

    • ok..thnx for clearing that up..don’t want to push ill will on a supporter.

    • Kevin Weekes is also a huge advocate for our team on NHL Network. As well as, Craig Button and EJ Hradek. We have many supporters on radio and tv.

      • I would have to agree with you about Kevin Weekes and EJ Hradek. And I’ll take your word for Craig Button speaking favorably of the Kings.

  13. Alright brothers and sisters, it’s game time! Lets get this rolling!

  14. Just for shits and giggles, did anyone else go to the Toronto game for Fox’s bobble head night? They didn’t do a very good job with Fox’s face. Mine has Chucky eyes and looks like one of those scary dolls my Grandmother use to display, proudly when I was a kid. Damn I hated those things! Ha ha!

    • I didn’t, but I saw a close up of some of the bobble heads on TV. And I was wondering why anyone would want one of those poorly crafted dolls! :-)

    • I went..but I am Not putting myself in the jinx catagory..I get in a bad mood (like now) easily enough..
      wtf start to this game..TY young Pearson!
      so aggravating these boys..
      Yea the Bobble is awful ..ick
      I could have done better job and I am no artist. .and with a mike..he was a Great player for the Kings..he should have had a stick with the bobble.
      Glad I went to honor Fox..I appreciate his passion for the Game and the Kings..he always is trying to improve his knowledge of the game and pass on to us fans. I have become a better student of the game because of him.
      Those Toronto moots..uugghh..not quite nucklehead fans..but very annoying..canadians are arrogent when it comes to hockey.
      Hope the boys are getting an ass chewing..we need a W..need the points..time to be Winners.

      • I told my daughter the same thing regarding the pose. I would have like to see a hockey stick in one hand and a mic in the other. That would have been cool.

  15. Please, please hockey gods, not again!

  16. That a boy, Pearson! Way to get us back in the game! Lets go!

    • Nice individual effort!!

      • Undoubtably Pearson’s best game to date. He came to play! Nice to see!

        • I think the Kings are playing a solid game so far. Doughty should have had a goal early. Kopitar didn’t make good contact with the puck on his last shot. Keep it up!!

          • you guys have more patience then me tonite.. They made their come back.. what a weird game.. after such a flurry to start then we go down by 2 bamb bamb.. then we have to claw and crawl our way back.. but we did.. now let’s see if we can sustain it!!!

          • Yes, exactly! Why did they play poorly in the middle of the first? Who knows! But they gathered there wits and began to work hard. Phoenix hasn’t been able to do much since! I hope they’ll continue with their sound fundamentals in the third!

          • crap..crap..crap!
            I should have just gone out partying. .or drank here tonite. .
            I missed 3rd least how we managed to lose the lead and game..again due to cell phone trouble. .now too disgusted..will watch in morning..

            play a full 60 Tanner says. .why is it so hard for us to do???
            6 points in 5 days.. :'((

          • Ha ha! My patients has been tested, Jockey. I just try and not speak negative, but I can assure you I was spewing curse words left and right! :)

          • I Love this game…but I Know the Kings are better then this…this is a Good Team!
            So I get irritated more so then I used to..I guess the bar was raised along with the Cup. I was so Proud..not arrogant..Proud, and all who know me knew..when we have
            a bad game, or a loss I have to endure all the trash talk. Can wear you out..

  17. What a save!!!!! Quiiiiiiiiick!

  18. I have to say that Clifford could have stopped his momentum toward Smith. That was an uncalled for penalty. We don’t need to take stupid penalties!!

  19. Quick lets in another LONG, unscreened, shot! I wonder!

  20. Close only counts in horse shoes. We’re on another losing streak.


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