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Former NHL referee Tim Peel reportedly 'berated' teenage youth hockey officials

Peel appeared in 1,362 regular season and 90 playoff games over his 22-year NHL refereeing career.

Hockey fanatics familiar with former NHL official Tim Peel likely think of how often the referee was criticized for a variety of perceived missed calls, or the numerous controversies that plagued the final years of his career.

On Friday, The Athletic’s Sean Gentille reported the eyebrow-raising claims that Peel "berated" two 17-year-old officials after a youth hockey game in St. Louis on Jan. 15.

Peel was reportedly upset because the young referees ejected former NHL players Matt Lashoff and Jamal Mayers, co-coaches of one of the teams his son plays on.

The account details how Peel seemed to calm down a bit during his lengthy tirade once someone took out a phone to record him, but still kept going for as long as 15 minutes.

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Those officials also detailed incidents of parents screaming obscenities at the players, who were no older than 10-years-old.

Former NHL referee Tim Peel finds himself in hot water after confronting young officials following a minor hockey game in St. Louis. (Getty Images)
Former NHL referee Tim Peel finds himself in hot water after confronting young officials following a minor hockey game in St. Louis. (Getty Images)

Gentille reports that representatives responded to accusations made against Peel, resulting in some strange consequences: