NHL Fires Ref Tim Peel After Getting Caught On Hot Mic Calling Bogus Penalty On Nashville Predators (VIDEO)
Now, this is how you respond to controversy when a ref screws up terribly.
Referee Tim Peel is out of a job this week after he was heard on a hot mic admitting he was looking to call a penalty against the Nashville Predators in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
The penalty in question came when Peel whistled Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson for tripping Detroit’s Jon Merrill.
The tripping penalty:
After calling the penalty, Peel could be heard on the hot mic:
NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said the league was “investigating the incident.”
On Wednesday, the NHL announced that Peel would not be working anymore games now or in the future.
It reads as:
“National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell announced today that Referee Tim Peel, following his comments during the game last night between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future.
“Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” Campbell said. “Tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to the adherence to that cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our game expect and deserve. There is no justification for his comments, no matter the context or his intention, and the National Hockey League will take any and all steps necessary to protect the integrity our game.”
The Predators won the game 2-0.