Tim Peel NHL
Tim Peel is a former NHL referee who made waves on Tuesday night March 23rd during the Nashville Predators’ 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings. After Viktor Arvidsson was whistled for a penalty, the broadcast of the game caught Peel saying: “It wasn’t much, but I wanted to get an (expletive) penalty against Nashville early in the …” On Wednesday morning, the NHL officially banned Peel from any games, now and in the future.
Tim Peel Career
He’s been associated with the NHL for well over 20 years, joining the National Hockey League Officials’ Association (NHLOA) in 1995. He wouldn’t officiate his first NHL game until four years later, making his debut in a game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 21, 1999.
Prior to this season, he had 1,343 games under his belt as an official, including 90 playoff games.
With 22 years of experience, Peel has more to brag about than his Olympics appearance. He officiated his first playoff game, a showdown between the Arizona Coyotes and the San Jose Sharks, on April 17, 2002. His 1,000 game fell on Nov. 14, 2015, between Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. He was called on to help officiate during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a large resort city in Russia. He was one of 13 NHL referees that made the cut.
Peel also officiated the 2012 All-Star Game and the 2009 and 2017 Winter Classics.
He is no stranger to controversy
Peel is somewhat infamous for making controversial calls.
This Yahoo Sports article from 2013 lists at least five notorious decisions from Peel’s career, each of which was met with backlash from organizations and professionals. Included is a hooking call from 2011 that cost the Nashville Predators a playoff game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Former Predators center David Legwand, the first player ever drafted by Nashville, had some words for Peel after the game.
Tim Peel Hot-Mic Incident
The NHL will no longer use longtime referee Tim Peel after he was caught on a hot mic Tuesday night saying he “wanted to get a f–king penalty” against the Nashville Predators.
“Nothing is 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 Wednesday morning. “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 of our game.”
The moment was caught on the Predators’ television broadcast during the second period of their home win against the Red Wings.
Peel, 53, was scheduled to retire next month, according to multiple reports. His final game was set for April 24. But his NHL career instead ends ignominiously.