One of the better production features of the World Cup of Hockey has been the use of “Ref Cam,” a camera mounted to the referee’s helmet that continuously records and relays video from the referees point of view. The video has been truly amazing.
For those that might of missed the game, Team North America struck quick in this contest, but Team Sweden battled back, with the help of Nicklas Backstrom, to force a truly thrilling 3-on-3 overtime period. Here is the entire overtime period, for those that might have missed the unbelievable action.
On Thursday, the NHL released a “best of” Ref-Cam clip from yesterday’s Team Sweden-Team North America instant classic.
We’re just gonna leave this here…
— #WCH2016 (@NHL) September 22, 2016
“Ref Cam” has proven to be a fantastic added feature to the World Cup of Hockey, one that should be included in every NHL game. There are certainly some things to consider before implementing it full-time, like potential language issues, but that can be dealt with. Besides, how would we ever find out what it’s like to go face-to-face with Alex Ovechkin, if it weren’t for “Ref Cam”?
By Jon Sorensen