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AHL referee wears GoPro cam during Charlotte Checkers game

Get a first-person view of fights, video reviews and Teddy Bears.

Minor league hockey teams are known for inventive and fun promotional events like the Teddy Bear toss. But the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL added a twist to the tradition this week when they put a GoPro video camera on referee David Banfield's helmet during a game against the Rockford IceHogs.

An ice-level view of thousands of Teddy Bears raining from the rafters! It's as awesome as you'd expect.

A few observations:

  • Not sure if I should have expected this or not, but listening to Banfield educate players about the rules instead of outright yelling at them was a great aspect. You can tell the players have respect for the crew.
  • Banfield really turns up the sarcasm when he's scolding players. "Push him into your own goalie? Smart move!"
  • Linesman Paul Carnathan's story about how the refs waved off a goal during a previous Teddy Bear toss was delightful.
  • So was Banfield yelling at troublesome Checkers forward Chris Terry when he noticed him fooling around near the opposing goalie.
  • Two fights, a video review and a Teddy Bear toss. The Checkers couldn't have timed this stunt more perfectly.
  • "This could get (expletive) stupid!"
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