NHL: Referee Tim Peel Fired After On Ice Remarks

The NHL fired referee Tim Peel just one day after remarks he made on ice about wanting to give the Nashville Predators a penalty during Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The incident occurred early in the second period after Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson was called for tripping. A hot mic picked up part of Peel’s conversation before cutting to commercial. The audio clearly hears Peel say he wanted to give Nashville a penalty before it abruptly cuts off.

The 53-year-old Peel has been an NHL referee since 1999 and has worked over 1,300 regular season games and 90 playoff games.

Detroit had the only penalty game at the time which occurred in the first period when Adam Erne got two minutes for interference on guess who, Victor Arvidsson. Arvidsson playing a key role in the first two penalties is an odd coincidence.

An incident such as this only confirms rumors and myths about make up calls throughout sports. If a call is missed or wrongly interpreted earlier in the game, then the officials even it out later in the game.

Now officials will never admit to the make up call and not all officials are guilty of this but it is a thing that happens frequently in all sports. In baseball it could be a strike call. For basketball it could be a foul or multiple fouls. In football it could be a penalty.

Being a referee is one of the hardest jobs in the world. It is also one of the most scrutinized jobs with very little positive feedback. It’s a job that only gets noticed when something negative happens. If the refs aren’t noticeable, then it’s a good game by them. But if you don’t notice them then they still don’t get that positive feedback. Out of sight out of mind.

But there are a handful of officials in every sport who like the attention and like to flaunt the little power they have throughout a game. NBA officials have been quick to eject players this year and now NHL referees are showing they look to make a call rather than anticipate making a call. 

Maybe there is a correlation in the criticism officials get and their immediate performance after. Or maybe it is just a never ending cycle where one bad call leads to criticism. Which leads to referees making it about themselves which then leads to more criticism and so on.

Officials and referees need to just call the game as they see it. Not every call will be right. But one bad call doesn’t need to lead to a make up call because a make up call is also the wrong call. This doubles the bad calls. Just call the game how it is and if the penalties end up five to one then so be it.

Peel planned on retiring at the end of the season. Nashville won the game 2-0.

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