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Now politicians are ripping the reffing in last night’s Chicago-Phoenix game

Apr 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

Rep. Mike Quigley

Even Republican Blackhawks fans will find it hard to disagree with what U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (Democrat, 5th District in Illinois) thought about the refereeing in last night’s Chicago-Phoenix game that saw Raffi Torres go unpunished for putting Marian Hossa in the hospital with a leaping check.

“As the founder and Chairman of the United States Congressional Hockey Caucus, it is inappropriate for me to discuss lousy, incompetent, inept, disgraceful officiating,” said Quigley, as per “I will, however, ask Chairman [Darrell] Issa to have the House Oversight Committee investigate how the NHL officials at last night’s Hawks vs. Coyotes game could have their Lasik surgery go so wrong.”

All in all, not a bad attempt at humor by a politician.  (At least we think it was humor.)

Coming up later on PHT, we discuss Quigley’s position on health care reform. What should the federal government be doing to address skyrocketing insurance premiums? (Special guest commentator Tim Thomas.)

Related: Torres suspended indefinitely, in-person disciplinary hearing on Friday — will miss Game 4

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Nothing like a little unsolicited meatball pandering.

  2. rpiotr01 - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Headline in next week’s NYT: “President Obama earmarks $5 billion for corrective Lasik surgery for professional sports referees”

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Nice try. Presidents don’t earmark bills.

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Let’s try “Inept incumbent republicans say no to anything that has to do with improvements in the world including, but clearly not limited to, Lasik Surgery for professional sport referees. In related news, Tim Thomas’s game blows goats since trying to stick Obama with his own problems.”

      • bearcountry17 - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        1.47 GAA and a .943 save percentage in the playoffs, ’nuff said.

      • HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        Luckily he’s on a good team because a rolling puck slowly slipped through his paws like he was a cross-eyed dog in game 2 (or was it game 3? anyway…).

      • bearcountry17 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:32 PM

        Ok ill give you that ONE goal. Oh and i think u meant he’s lucky he’s on a GREAT team. The dude’s a conn smyth winner, 2-time vezina winner and he plays his best hockey when they count the most. Don’t worry though, you’ll find out soon enough. Ask anyone who truly knows the game of hockey and ask them that if they could have any goalie in the crease for a game 7 and 9/10 times they are gonna go with Timmy

      • HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        I would love to fan the flames here as I don’t care for Boston one bit. But I have to give credit where its due: the bruins are a strong team and Tim Thomas is a big part of that.

        But you can’t deny that immediately after he got his panties in a bunch after being invited to meet with the President of the U.S. at the white house (talk about a major case of #firstworldproblems), his game was in the toilet.

  3. bagjr387 - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    politicians are like diapers….they need to be changed often, and usually for same reason

  4. Me - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Oh Jesus people (commenters). Get a sense of humor.

  5. solador78 - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    The way this is going, it’s only a matter of time until someone loses an eye.

    Yay facemasks!

  6. callingitfromthehip - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    They should give refs trophys at the end of the year as well as players
    The blind trophy is one of the ones so far we came up with
    Also the Dick trophy any other suggestions?

  7. drewzducks - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    As an Illinois Congressman I guess he would know something about being lousy, incompetent, inept and disgraceful.

  8. brian32556 - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Hey, he’s a fan like the rest of us!

  9. hibackhand - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    There’s a Congressional Hockey Caucus?

    • dadawg77 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Yeah, a group of congressmen and women who play hockey. Quigley is a hockey player who had White House host a street hockey event after the Hawks won the Cup.

  10. esracerx46 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Mike quigley cares about one thing, getting re-elected. Quigley is a P.O.S. Can not stand the guy at all. The people of Chicago are pissed at the Hossa incident, so why not jump on the bandwagon and get a few more votes. I wish Torres hit Quigley

  11. hockeyflow33 - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    You know what else is lousy, incompetent, inept and disgraceful?

    Anyone working in politics

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