Steve Kozari is having an unfortunately eventful week of playoff hockey.

First, he was hit in the chest by a deflected puck at Blue Jackets/Penguins.

Referee Steve Kozari (#40) Hit By Puck

Referee Steve Kozari (#40) hit by puck (via @myregularface)

That was a close call for the visorless official. Saturday night’s puck came even closer.

Kozari was helped off the ice by the Bruins’ trainer. After a TV timeout, he was right back on the ice. But should he have been?

Each playoff game has a designated standby referee. (For this game, it was Francis Charron. Maybe that would’ve been a good time to let Kozari recover and get the kid into the game.

 

UPDATED:  Stick-tap to r/hockey and Redditor spinlighted for catching the fact that Kozari also took a shot on January 30, 2014, working Coyotes/Sabres:

NHL Referee Steve Kozari (#40) hit up high at Coyotes/Blues on January 30, 2014

NHL Referee Steve Kozari (#40) hit up high at Coyotes/Blues on January 30, 2014

 


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