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Tim Peel 2021 Referee Benched After Hot Mic Comments

Tim Peel 2021 Referee  Benched After Hot Mic Comments

Tim Peel 2021 Referee Benched After Hot Mic Comments

Tim Peel Tim Peel Comments Benched Referee After Hot Mic

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0700

Referee Tim Peel will no longer officiate NHL games after his in-game comments were inadvertently broadcast via hot mic

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Mar 24, 2021 | News, NHL

Referee Tim Peel will no longer officiate NHL games, according to a release from the National Hockey League.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” said Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

“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 action comes after Peel’s comments were unintentionally broadcast via hot mic with 12:42 to go in the second period of Tuesday’s game between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings.

The broadcast audio captured the veteran referee speaking privately to his on-ice partner, Kelly Sutherland, saying,”It wasn’t much, but I wanted to get a ******* penalty against Nashville early.”

The previous penalty call, made by Peel, was a tripping call on Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson.

 

 

Penalties for the game were nearly even, with each team whistled for three infractions.  Nashville also picked up an automatic minor penalty for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass.

Nashville’s Matt Duchene discussed the incident on ESPN 102.5 The Game:

“The crazy part is [Peel] was talking to Fil Forsberg in that clip, and he told our bench that.

Really bizarre.”

“I just think that can’t happen.

Imagine the scenario where they score on that power play, we lose the game and we miss the playoffs by a point.

Imagine that scenario.

That can happen, right?  That is not out of the realm of possibility.”

“I don’t think there’s a place in hockey for [make-up calls].

You’ve got to call the game.

I’ve always been frustrated when I see even-up calls.

If a team’s earning power plays you can’t punish them because the other team is not.

“That call is not a good call on [Arvidsson].  That wasn’t even close to a penalty.  That was bizarre.  I hope that’s not something that goes on with more officials, but there’s definitely nights when you’re skeptical of it, for sure.”

Preds head coach John Hynes also commented on the situation after his team’s 2-0 win.

“I think the situation is what it is.

From our perspective, it probably doesn’t matter how I feel about it, in general; but the referees are employees of the league, and rather than me comment, I think it’s an issue that the league will have to take care of.”

Peel, 53, is scheduled to retire at the end of the 2020-21 season; his final game was slated for April 24.

The veteran referee made his NHL debut in 1999, working a game between the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators.

He’s gone on to officiate 1,361 regular season games along with 90 playoff matches.  Peel donned the armbands for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.

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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0700

Referee Tim Peel will "no longer be working NHL games now or in the future" after getting caught saying he wanted to give the Predators a penalty in their win 

Mikael Granlund and Mathieu Olivier score for the Predators in a 2-0 win over the Red Wings.

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Referee Tim Peel will not work another game in the NHL after getting caught saying he wanted to give the Nashville Predators a penalty in their win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying that Peel would “no longer be working NHL games now or in the future.”

Peel, 53, was due to retire after this season.

He has been an NHL on-ice official since October 1999 and had refereed 1,334 games entering this season.

“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 of our game.”

With 15:04 left in the second period, Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson was called for tripping Red Wings defenseman Jon Merrill in the offensive zone, even though replays showed that Merrill embellished his fall to help draw the call.

Peel made the penalty call from around center ice.

With 12:42 remaining in the second period, the Nashville broadcast captured audio from Peel saying “it wasn’t much, but I wanted to get a f—ing penalty against Nashville early.”

The NHL told ESPN after the game that it had opened an investigation into Peel’s comments.

Nashville won the game 2-0.

Both teams were whistled for three penalties, and the Predators took a fourth for putting the puck over the glass in the third period.

Nashville coach John Hynes was asked about the hot mic after the game.

“I think the situation is what it is,” he said.

“I think from our perspective, it probably doesn’t matter how I feel about it in general, but the referees are employees of the league, and rather than me comment, I think it’s an issue that the league will have to take care of.”

Hynes said that “you always want to have things that are fair for your players and for your team” but that there are no excuses.

“We have to find a way to kill the penalty and control what we can control.”

Peel has been one of the NHL’s most maligned officials, with fans using social media to critique his calls through the years.

In 2015, Peel was removed from officiating a New Jersey Devils home game after being photographed at a bar drinking with a reporter.

[Editor’s note: The reporter was ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, the writer of this piece.]

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– March 24, 2021

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