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NHL referee’s career over after hot mic catches make-up call discussion during Red Wings-Predators game

Referee Tim Peel is shown during an NHL game between the Flyers and the New York Islanders in Philadelphia on Jan. 30. Tim Peel's career as an NHL referee is over after his voice was picked up by a TV microphone saying he wanted to call a penalty against the Nashville Predators. The league on Wednesday announced that Peel "no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future." The 54-year-old Peel had already made plans to retire next month. (AP file photo)

By STEPHEN WHYNO

and JOHN WAWROW

AP Hockey Writers

The NHL announced Wednesday that Tim Peel’s career as a league referee is over after he was picked up by a TV microphone saying he wanted to give the Nashville Predators a penalty, an incident that put the notion of “make-up” calls squarely in the spotlight.

Peel will “no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future,” the league said.

The 54-year-old Peel had planned to retire next month, but his early exit sparked discussion across the league about the approach and mindset of officials tracking the games.

“Watch what happens at the end of games,” said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour, a former center who played more than 1,600 NHL games. “It seems to always get a power play, the team that’s behind. I think it’s just human nature.”