Former NHL official Tim Peel says make-up calls are not a thing

Former NHL official Tim Peel took to Twitter on Wednesday saying he’s “ready to talk” and ready to answer questions about what happened in his last season officiating NHL games.

One of the main highlights of the impromptu “ask me anything” session was Peel’s assertion that make-up calls aren’t a thing in the NHL.

In March 2021, Peel was not so subtly encouraged to retire early by the league when he was caught on a live mic admitting to a fake call during a Red Wings-Predators game.

The Predators broadcast of the game captured Peel discussing a minor penalty he imposed on forward Viktor Arvidsson with fellow official Kelly Sutherland. Peel admitted the trip “wasn’t much” but that he “wanted to get a fucking penalty against Nashville.”

Peel’s act of trying to make up the difference in team penalty appeals caught the league’s attention and he was unceremoniously ejected.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” said Colin Campbell, Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, said at the time. “Tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to upholding this fundamental principle which we demand of our officials and which our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our sport expect and deserve. There is no justification for his comments, regardless of context or intent, and the National Hockey League will take all necessary steps to protect the integrity of our game.”

In that same Twitter interview, Peel responded to a question asking how many other NHL referees have equalized penalties and said “much worse has been said on the ice.” He also claims he just didn’t want to say what he did.

The former referee also pretty much confirmed that reputation calls are definitely a thing.

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