Tim Peel, who has competed in more than 1300 games in the National Hockey League, was fired on Wednesday because he was caught on a live microphone saying he wanted to pay a fine against the Nashville Predators, the league said .
ESPN reported that 53-year-old Peel was scheduled to retire later this season.
With 12:42 remaining in the second period of Nashville’s 2–0 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, Peel can be heard making candid remarks on the air, The Tensian reported.
According to newspaper reports, Victor’s Arvdson was called for a tripping penalty against Raiders Wings defenseman John Merrill.
Replay revealed that Meryl ornately attracted her falling call to help, ESPN reported.
The Nashville television broadcast captured audio from Peel, saying that “it wasn’t too much, but I wanted to take an (exclusive) penalty against Nashville.”
“There is nothing more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement. “Tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to our adherence to the cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our sport are expected and deserving.
Their comments have no justification, no matter the context or their intent, and the National Hockey League will take any and all necessary steps to protect the integrity of our game. “
Nashville was penalized three times on Tuesday night, but Detroit was unable to convert any of their power-play opportunities.
According to the league, Peel made his debut as an NHL referee on October 21, 1999, when the Colorado Avalanche faced the Ottawa Senators. This season, Peel has served in 1,344 games and 90 playoff games. He was also an official in the 2012 All-Star Game.
Peel also participated in the 2009 and 2017 Winter Classic Games.
Nashville coach John Hines told reporters after the game, “… the referees are league employees and instead of me commenting on it, it’s an issue that I think the league needs to take care of.”
Referee Tim Peel benches after hot mic comments
According to a National Hockey League release, referee Tim Peel will no longer downplay NHL games.
“There is nothing 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 our adherence to the cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our sport are expected and deserving. His comments have no justification, no reference or intent, and the National Hockey League will take any and all necessary steps to protect the integrity of our game. “
The action came after Peel’s comments were inadvertently broadcast via Hot Mike with 12:42 to go in the second period of Tuesday’s game between the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings. Broadcast audio captured his on-ice partner, Kelly Sutherland, speaking in private to the veteran referee, saying, “It wasn’t much, but I wanted to charge a * penalty against Nashville.” “
Peel’s last penalty call was a tripping call on Victor Arvudson of Nashville.
The penalty for the game was almost even, with each team whistling for three violations. Nashville also picked up an automatic minor penalty for delaying the game for shooting the puck on the glass.
Matt Duchenne of Nashville discusses the incident on ESPN 102.5 Game:
“The crazy part is [Peel] was talking to Phil 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 one point. Imagine that scenario. Same. Maybe, isn’t it? It’s not beyond the realm of possibility. “
“I don’t think there’s room for [make call] in hockey. You have to call the game. I always get frustrated when I see even-odd calls. If a team’s earning power comes into play then you don’t punish them. Can do because the other team does not.
“That call is not a good call on [Arvidsson]. It was not even close to a penalty. That was bizarre. I hope that is not something that is going on with more officers, but there are definitely nights when You are skeptical about it, definitely. “
Preds head coach John Hines also commented on the situation following his team’s 2–0 win.
“I think this is the situation. From our point of view, it probably doesn’t matter how I feel about it, in general; But the referees are the league’s staff, and instead of me commenting, I think this is an issue that the league needs to take care of. “
Peel, 53, is scheduled to retire at the end of the 2020–21 season; His last game was played on 24 April.
The veteran referee made his NHL debut in 1999, serving as a game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators. He has gone on to conduct 1,361 regular season games with 90 playoff matches. Peel donated to the Armbands for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.