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Evening Line- Tim Peel

“So I hear my phone vibrating on the corner and I go pick it up and it’s my boss, Steven… the first thing I thought was ‘did we miss a goal?’ And he said ‘we’ve got a big problem’ and he tells me. I didn’t even remember it until I watched it. I turned to the (other refs) in the dressing room and I went ‘I may get fired tonight.”

And later, Peel had to confront the Predators franchise about what had happened.

“[Predators GM] Mr. [David} Poile had already left the building, so (I was on phone) with him and I explained to him that was not my intent. My intent was not to get Nashville. I said to him ‘I made a terrible mistake, my words came out wrong’,” Peel told Poile. “And John Hynes, who is a tremendous human being and a coach, he came out and he goes ‘Timmy I know you didn’t mean that,’ and I go ‘John I didn’t… you know I was always fair and tried to make it a fair and safe environment for hte players, and a fair game for the players’ and I go ‘I’m so sorry’ and I could tell he felt bad because he could see how upset I was and how terrible I felt.”

-Tim Peel, former NHL ref.  Zach Laing of Daly Faceoff has more.

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Hippy Dave's avatar

“for hte players”

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 09/28/21 at 02:04 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

As far as I know or had found, there never was any clarification on if he was fired or suspended indefinitely - it was written both ways in the media. Given he’s coming out with this info now I’m guessing he was suspended and has now officially retired so he can get whatever benefits the NHL would give him. I hope that’s the case.

We all make mistakes at work, I hate to see when someone loses a job over it though. Especially for something where we’re not talking about the possibility of anyone losing their life due to this mistake (think road construction). I do believe if we weren’t in a betting atmosphere this would have been treated differently.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/28/21 at 08:20 AM ET

calquake's avatar

I do believe if we weren’t in a betting atmosphere this would have been treated differently.

And it’s probably going to get worse.

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst on 09/28/21 at 12:19 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

TreKronor’s avatar

As far as I know or had found, there never was any clarification on if he was fired or suspended indefinitely - it was written both ways in the media. Given he’s coming out with this info now I’m guessing he was suspended and has now officially retired so he can get whatever benefits the NHL would give him. I hope that’s the case.

That was my understanding. And I can’t imagine that they’d have even considered firing him, since that would have undoubtedly resulted in a very public process, loaded with negative ramifications for the league.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 09/28/21 at 01:11 PM ET

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