Referees do their best to stay out of the play. Sometimes, though, there’s simply nowhere to go.
Take, for instance, this play. Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Andrej Sekera moved the puck along the board, right into the path of referee Wes McCauley. Not one to simply give up the puck, Sekera had no choice but to take the body.
Despite a wicked looking head bounce off the ice, McCauley was not injured and was able to complete the game.
After this hit, there were only two more penalties called in the game – both against the Hurricanes, who ended up losing 2-0. Coincidence?