There's some sarcasm in the title. I know why there are so many officials but I no longer know why they are all on the ice. Maybe the NHL should consider putting an official either between the penalty boxes or between the benches.
What, why? If you watch as much hockey as me you've probably noticed how manytimes the officials get in the way of the play or can't believe the official furtherest from the play calls the penalty. More importantly it's all the times the officials get in the way of the play. The speed has increased in this game and the officials often don;t have a place to go. They are humans and sometimes as humans they panic seeing two guys speeding twoards and end up getting more in the way than before.
One way to resolv this is as I mentioned. Some other benefits would be not only the space on the ice but also a guy situated in such a way that he won't miss as much of the action. The short coming is he'll invariably be further away from the play. That's okay. Not only do we not need officials to deceide goals any longer, we now have goal judges, but as I mentioned earlier many times it's the official away from the play callling the penalty. Another negative is say the official is situated between the benches. Well that would entice the coaches or players to complain tot he official. No problem that can solved byt boxing him in. You could also add a few monitors in there for him to be able to see the play from different angles during game breaks. He might not be able to make a call but maybe he picks up on some plays he missed earlier and can now watch for. His vision will also remain steady. When you move even on a smooth surface like ice your line of sight will move and that effects your vision. Some people can process this information by their mind's ability for expectation, especially great atheletes. It's just like shooting. If you try to aim at a target while running you will notice your site going up and down.
In the end it's just a thought. Just looking for ways to improve the game. Any thoughts on this matter will be aprreciated.