Another Bruins game, another referee injury.
Referee Dave Lewis was hit in the face by a puck and suffered a broken jaw during the first period of Tuesday night’s game between the Bruins and Minnesota Wild. The 31-year-old official was standing along the boards when Minnesota defenseman Justin Falk’s clearing attempt caught Lewis in the face.
Lewis went to the Bruins’ bench for medical attention; the trainer immediately ushered him off the ice for repairs. Lewis suffered a fractured jaw and broken teeth. He’s slated to head to the oral surgeon upon his return to Toronto.
Lewis was unable to return to the game, leaving referee Wes McCauley to call the remainder of the game solo.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 29, 2014
Lewis, a native of Whitby, Ontario, made his NHL debut last October. He split last season between the AHL and NHL, working seven games in the 2013-14 season. This was his third game of the 2014-15 season.
Lewis was injured in nearly the same spot where referee Chris Rooney was hit with the puck a few days back. During the Bruins’ home game against the Maple Leafs, the puck deflected off Rooney’s bare hand. Rooney reportedly suffered two broken fingers on the play. He missed the remainder of the period but was back out on the ice for the third period of that one.
Here’s hoping Lewis and Rooney both make speedy recoveries from their respective injuries.