NHL bans referee after he said he 'wanted' to call penalty in Red Wings-Predators game

The NHL on Wednesday said referee Tim Peel will no longer officiate games after Peel’s comments caught on a microphone during Tuesday’s Red Wings’ game against Nashville. The NHL quickly looked into Peel’s comments during Tuesday’s game that he “wanted” to call a penalty on the Predators. Peel called Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson for tripping at 4:56 of the second period, a call questioned immediately by broadcasters and people on social media. Caught on a microphone, Peel said, “it wasn’t much but I wanted to get a (expletive) penalty against Nashville early in the …” as the audio cut …

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