NHL Reviewing “Hot-Mic” Comment Made By Referee In Predators-Red Wings Game

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said late Tuesday night that the league is reviewing an incident involving an official’s hot-mic during the second period of Tuesday’s game between the Predators and Red Wings in Nashville.

One of the game’s officials called a tripping penalty against Predator’s forward Viktor Arvidsson. 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 call was Nashville’s first penalty of the game. Detroit was called for one penalty in the first period. Nashville led 1-0 at the time of the incident.

According to the Score, referees Tim Peel and Kelly Sutherland were working the game, though it’s unclear who was speaking at the time of the incident.

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.

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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2 Responses to NHL Reviewing “Hot-Mic” Comment Made By Referee In Predators-Red Wings Game

  1. Anonymous says:

    pretty much what Caps fans have known for far too long

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