The storm of indignation was great, now the National Hockey League is reacting and sending referee Tim Peel into retirement early after an emotional outburst.
What happened? In the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators, Viktor Arvidsson, winger for the Preds, is sent into the cooler for two minutes in the fifth minute of the game. Only: In the replay you can see that Arvidsson hardly touches his opponent. The appropriate comment from the commentator: “That is a swallow”.
A little later, an exchange between the referees Tim Peel and Kelly Sutherland is recorded, because unlike in Switzerland, the referees in the NHL are equipped with a microphone. “It wasn’t much, but I just wanted to give Nashville a damn punishment,” is the unmistakable saying (see video above).
Inglorious end to a long NHL career
After some hesitation, the league’s decision is now official: “Tim Peel will no longer work on NHL games – now and not in the future,” was communicated on Wednesday evening. NHL Vice President Colin Campbell is quoted as saying in the statement that nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of the game.
This ended the long referee career of the 53-year-old abruptly. Actually, he should have chaired his last game on April 24th. Peel’s record: He has been a referee in more than 1,400 NHL games since 1999 – including playoffs.
After all, the said decision ultimately had no influence on the outcome of the game: Detroit did not succeed in the “free” power play, just like in the entire 60 minutes. Nashville won the game 2-0, keeping the Red Wings at bay.
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