- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The NHL has banned referee Tim Peel from working another game after he was caught on a hot mic saying he wanted to give the Nashville Predators a penalty in Tuesday night’s win against the Detroit Red Wings.

Early in the second period, Peel called Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson for tripping, although it appeared that Red Wings defenseman Jon Merrill exaggerated his fall to draw a call. Later in the period, the broadcast caught Peel saying, “it wasn’t much but I wanted to get a f—-ing penalty against Nashville early.”

Nashville went on to win 2-0, but the NHL opened an investigation into Peel’s comments. And Wednesday morning, NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell announced Peel wouldn’t work “NHL games now or in the future.”



“Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” Campbell said in a statement. “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 53-year-old Peel was set to retire after this season. He’s been an on-ice official since 1999.

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