So one of my pet peeves in Hockey came up last night, and it cost the Flyers (although they went on to win).
One of the stupidest rules in sport (but below Soccer's inability to keep time) is that Hockey stops when the referee blows his whistle because he has lost sight of the puck (presumably a goalie has frozen it). Problem is that the ref's all do this differently, some are slow with the whistle, some blow it while the puck is not at all frozen (like last night, this putz intended to blow his whistle but the goalie did not have control of the puck, infact by the time he blew his whistle the puck was already in the net and back out).
Change the freaking rule. If the goalie wants to freeze the puck he must hold it IN HIS GLOVE above his head. If it is under him, well, he doesnt have control of it. If he can't figure out where it is the referee can blow the play dead after a second or two. If the Goalie is not in the crease it should be a penalty (maybe an area slightly bigger than the crease since being a little outside of the crease seems reasonable to still freeze it). If he is behind the goal it should be a penalty shot (currently it is just a penalty).
And the referees from last night should be either fired or removed for the rest of the season. To actually disallow a clearly clean goal because you intended to blow the whistle because you thought the puck was frozen (it was not) shows a lack of awareness on 2 levels, first you didnt make the call correctly, then, with a moment to reflect, you screwed up what should have been true.