Referee Tim Peel Leaves Game After Being Hit in the Head with a Puck
During Friday’s game between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers, NHL referee Tim Peel was hit in the head with a puck and forced to leave the game momentarily.
Early in the 1st period, Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba made a high clearing attempt behind the net that appeared to clip Peel in the back of the head or neck.
Peel was helped off the ice by his teammates and the Ottawa Senators training staff.
Referee Dean Morton, along with linesmen Bevan Mills and Libor Suchanek, was forced to call the remainder of the 1st period alone.
Fortunately, Peel was able to return to the ice in time for the start of the 2nd period. A gutsy effort to say the least.
We wish referee Tim Peel a speedy recovery!