Should Video Reviews to Determine Offsides Really Be Applicable?

By Claire Mountcastle

It’s almost comical that the only two Bruins regulation losses this season have been decided by video review, first in a meeting against the Colorado Avalanche and now against long-time rival, the Montreal Canadiens.

Video review has been used in sports for years. Video review was first introduced to the sport of hockey in 1991. In 2003, this became a regular method used by referees to try to correctly identify if there has been illegal play before a goal has been scored. In most cases nowadays, this privilege is vastly overused and wrongfully changes the fate of games being played. Take last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, for example, Charlie Coyle had complete control of the puck, which completely crossed the line before Danton Heinen and Par Lindholm made their way into the offensive zone. “The rule is put in place is gregarious. You’re over there for three minutes. You either find something, or you don’t,” Bruce Cassidy shared when asked about the play.
You tell me, was the play offsides?

According to rule 38.1 (iii.), “After reviewing the incident, he will promptly convey his decision directly to the Referees at the penalty bench. When a play has been referred to the Video Goal Judge, his decision shall be final.” But is that really “fair” though?


The way I see it is that if you can’t catch the mistakes in real-time, then you shouldn’t be able to go back and re-watch them. There is no replay button in real life. If you screw up, you screw up, and there is no taking that back.
Now, there are several places where video review makes sense. One instance would be goaltender interference. If a goalie is in the blue paint and they are joined by a member of the opposing team keeping them from doing their job, it is great to be able to review that. Another instance is deciding whether or not the penalty being awarded is a minor or a major penalty. Sometimes, if a player gets high sticked, and draws blood, which calls for an extra two minutes. You can’t always catch that first hand.

In the instance where my words can be taken as hypocritical, I would instead get rid of all video reviews than keep the offsides ruling as this rule completely alters games from the point of view of a third party.

What do you think? Should video review to determine offsides be applicable?

Claire Mountcastle

I’m just an 19 year old from Indiana who loves her Bruins.

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