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Video: Referee Walkom throws solid hit on Timonen

Dec 14, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

Late in the third period of Philadelphia’s 5-1 thrashing of Washington, referee Stephen Walkom decided it was time to teach the Caps a thing or two about defense:

That’s how you separate man from puck right there. Shoulder-to-chest, BOOM! Then let Roman Hamrlik exit the zone.

Walkom, you’ll recall, returned to officiating in 2009 after leaving the ice to take a position with the NHL’s Hockey Operations department following the lockout. He’s widely regarded as one of the game’s best referees, though he could be hearing from Brendan Shanahan about leaving his feet on that hit.

  1. mornelithe - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Well…at least the ref isn’t influencing the game with bad calls here. He’s clearly taking it to another level.

  2. govtminion - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Yep, that’s at least a two game suspension there. Clear intent to injure. 😉

    Actually, if Shanahan wants to get a laugh, he could do one of his video explanations about this hit and just tongue-in-cheek the whole thing. Might be pretty entertaining.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Idk, he left his feet. That constitutes charging. Shanaban time?

  4. bostonhasrealhockey - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    That was pretty swift

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