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NHL referees don’t hate your favorite team

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Northeastern economist Imke Reimers and her research colleagues at West Virginia University found that the more time NHL referees spend officiating a particular hockey team, the less likely they will be to call a penalty against that team.

NHL fans often jeer referees, mocking “bad” calls and missed crosschecks. But their boos may be misplaced, according to a new study by Northeastern economist Imke Reimers and her research colleagues at West Virginia University.

In a study published in July in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, the researchers found that the more time NHL referees spend officiating a particular hockey team, the less likely they will be to call a penalty against that team.

Read the full story at news@Northeastern.

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