Hockey Referee Loses Arm to Delayed Penalty

Neptune, Saskatchewan - A Hockey referee lost temporarily the use of one of his arms after keeping in up for over 15 minutes to signal a delayed penalty.

At 2:32 of the third period of a game, a defensemen of the local team, tripped one of his opponents, prompting the referee to make the call and raise his arm.

But the visitors, with their goalie out and six skaters on the ice, decided to use this delayed call to kill time on the clock. They kept possession of the puck for the next 15 and a half minutes.

The referee could no longer feel his arm.

He was transported to the nearest hospital where the near-dead arm, assisted by a robotic device, was able to perform a series of gestures, some of which cannot be described on this web site.


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