Referee Tom Darnell Micâ€™d Up For Steelers Vs Giants
Leading Elite League referee Tom Darnell agreed to be micâ€™d up for last Sundayâ€™s game between the Sheffield Steelers and Belfast Giants.
Steelers won the game 3-1 and the video above shows how Darnell communicates with the players throughout the game.
Darnell is one of the leagueâ€™s most experienced officials and has officiated at six playoff finals, three as referee and three as linesman.
He said: â€œEverything about it is communication. You want to communicate with the players, the coaches but also the fans, because that makes it clear to everyone who is in attendance.
â€œFor me, that constant communication with the players is the difference between good officiating and great officiating.â€
â€œItâ€™s part of that game experience to have that constant conversation, You have to try and keep your cool and sometimes that is difficult for us as well, but you have to remember why you are there.
â€œI have got a very simple approach when speaking to players. Provided that conversation is between me and a player, that player can pretty much tell me what he thinks of a call and as long as it stays between us, I have no problem with that.
â€œIt is when it becomes spectacle for everyone else, then it shows he is questioning the integrity of the game and I may look to give a misconduct penalty. But I try and avoid that at all costs.â€