Yet another rough night for NHL referees


At this rate, the NHL might need to wrap its officials in bubble tape.

While nothing really tops the hit (inadvertent or not) that Dennis Wideman delivered on an official, it’s been a strange run of dangerous moments for referees and linesmen lately.

As in, it’s honestly getting kind of weird.

In the case of Saturday, at least two officials felt worse for wear. You can see the most painful (or at least most obvious moment of pain) in the video above, as Ian Walsh was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The other moment was a little murkier:

Strange stuff, right?

More dangerous moments for refs

Steve Miller gets hit by puck

The Wideman hit

Seriously, strangely frequent moments of bad luck