The IIHF has put cameras on their referees since 2017 to show the speed, impact, confusion, and ridiculousness of the action from ice-level. It lets the audience hear the warnings referees give, wince at the eardrum-blasting whistles, and glory in the arguments (and, occasionally, compliments) from the players.
“I think it’s a good thing to have,” said IIHF Swedish referee Linus Ohlund in 2017 when the cameras were introduced. “Show the audience the view from our perspective.”
But it’s not only informative–it’s also entertaining. Here are the best moments so far from the 2019 World Championship.