Friday, 18 December 2015

I'd Say Interference

Tim Peel is an NHL referee, so he's used to making calls like interference on players. Some have called him terrible and openly mocked him while others have called for him to be fired after his numerous questionable calls. Hey, we're all human, right? I mean, mistakes do happen in a fast-paced game, right? Referees aren't perfect despite the demand for them to be perfect, and Tim Peel was back at it again on Friday night. The only difference? He thought he was a Detroit Red Wings defenceman.

Here's the video. Tim Peel will make a solid play to break up a scoring chance. You can hear Derek Dorsett emphatically give Peel some advice that isn't quite PG-rated.
What the hell is Tim Peel doing? As John Garrett says, go to the corner if you find yourself in a direct line between a player with the puck and the net. I'm not saying Derek Dorsett would have scored on this play, but Tim Peel made sure that wasn't going to happen entirely as he helped Brendan Smith make the defensive stop.

Officials in the NHL are evaluated on a game-by-game basis, and the top officials get the call for the playoffs. Tim Peel just made it a lot harder on himself to get a playoff job despite his seniority with this play, I'd imagine. For Tim Peel who has been working in the NHL since 1995, this is simply brutal.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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