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NHL referee fired after getting caught on hot mic saying he ‘wanted’ to call penalty on Predators

foxnews– Veteran NHL referee Tim Peel will no longer referee games for the league after he was caught on a hot mic saying he “wanted” to call a penalty on the Nashville Predators in Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The NHL issued a statement on Wednesday announcing that Peel would no longer work for the league after he was heard on Nashville’s broadcast saying he intended to call a penalty shortly after calling Predators’ forward Viktor Arvidsson for tripping in the second period.

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“It wasn’t much, but I wanted to get a f–king penalty against Nashville early in the –,” Peel said before the mic was cut off.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said. “Tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to the adherence to that cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our game expect and deserve.”

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