NHL Fires Official Tim Peel For Comment Made Over Hot Mic In Last Night’s Predators-Red Wings Game

The NHL announced on Wednesday that official Tim Peel will no longer work for the league as a result of a comment he made over a hot mic in last night’s game between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings.

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell announced the dismissal of Peel Wednesday morning.

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 incident occurred in the second period of last nights game in Nashville. During the game’s broadcast, a referee could be heard on a hot mic, stating “It wasn’t much, but I wanted to get a [expletive] penalty against Nashville, early in the…”

Here is the broadcast video of the incident. [Warning: Language]

The penalty in question came just under five minutes into the second period when Peel called Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson for tripping Detroit’s Jon Merrill. It was the second penalty of the game, but the first on Nashville.

In 2015, Peel said in an interview with Yahoo Sports that the NHL wants officials to sometimes make calls with “game management” in mind – in other words, to ensure a contest doesn’t get out of hand.

A study by the website FiveThiryEight.com in 2015 showed hockey referees have a tendency to be influenced by prior calls, meaning officials tend to even things out when penalties are one-sided.

Peel was scheduled to retire after his final game on April 24.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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9 Responses to NHL Fires Official Tim Peel For Comment Made Over Hot Mic In Last Night’s Predators-Red Wings Game

  1. Anonymous says:

    Typical, rather than change the policy, fire the guy that exposed the policy

  2. Anonymous says:

    He’s just the scapegoat. They aren’t changing the policy, just trying to get everyone off their backs with a move that will change nothing.

  3. Scottlew73 says:

    What a surprise from Nazi Hockey League! Don’t ever speak the truth! Just add him to growing list of people not allowed to say what they feel.
    I’m sick of NHL taking cues from NFL(refs with mic’s),everyone who’s ever ref’d knows your told your the person in control of flow of game.
    Will be shocked if his union won’t file some claim against league for wrongful dismissal.

  4. Jerry says:

    It may be difficult, but referees must try to be impartial. As to the ref’s firing AND his upcoming retirement, is it possible that the league dumped him to AVOID paying retirement? Does he have protection against that? Just curious.

  5. Richard Ankofski says:

    Played amateur hockey 33 years starting at five. This is as common as showering after a game. Refs run the game. Pay attention, compare game 20 of the reg season calls go game 7 in the finals.

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