Referee Tim Peel banned for hot-mic call on Nashville Predators penalty

Referee Tim Peel banned for hot-mic call on Nashville Predators penalty

Referee Tim Peel won’t work in any NHL games now or in the future post being caught stating that he wished to give Nashville Predators one penalty over their victory against Detroit Red Wings Tuesday.

Colin Campbell, the senior vice president of NHL’s hockey operations announced Wednesday that Peel won’t work in any NHL games from now on.

The 53-year-old Peel, who has been an on-ice official of NHL since 1999, was to retire post this season.

Campbell said nothing is more crucial than making that the integrity of the game is secure. There isn’t any justification for Peel’s comments, and the NHL will take all measures necessary to safeguard its game’s integrity, he continued.

John Hynes, the Nashville coach was questioned on the matter to which he said that it does not matter what he thinks, but the referees work for the NHL and rather than him commenting, its best that the league takes care of it.

Notably, Peel has so far been a maligned official of the league, with fans on social media criticizing his calls over the years. Back in 2015, he was eliminated from officiating one New Jersey Devils game post being captured at one bar drinking along with a media reporter.

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