2019-12-12 Referee Tim Peel Injured at Blackhawks vs. Coyotes

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  • The hockey world recently received a reminder of the dangers that come with officiating the fastest sport on ice.
  • During Thursday night’s contest between the Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes at the United Center, Jonathan Toews and Oliver Ekman-Larsson were battling for a puck in the corner of Arizona’s end.
  • As Toews skated up the boards with Ekman-Larsson in pursuit, Tim Peel — one of the game’s referees — found himself in a bit of a precarious spot.
  • While the two captains battled, Ekman-Larsson tripped up Toews, leading him to become tangled with Peel. Their collision resulted in the veteran official hitting the ice hard.
  • According to Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, the freak run-in caused Peel to fracture his ankle, as reported by Craig Morgan of The Athletic.
  • During the play, the 53-year-old ended up twisted and landed on his ankle, resulting in the injury.
  • After quickly realizing his situation, Peel jumped the boards into the Coyotes’ bench and was treated by the team’s medical staff.
  • He did not return to the game.
  • Peel is currently in his 21st season as an NHL referee, according to Scouting the Refs.
  • Since making his debut in 1999, he has worked 1,331 regular season games and 90 playoff contests.
Sources & Credits: Yahoo Sports, Craig Morgan
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