KHL referee Eduard Odins suffered a serious leg injury Wednesday during a game between Vityaz Moscow Oblast and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.


Odins left the game on a stretcher. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a broken left leg.

“Odins suffered a serious injury in a collision with one of the players,” said KHL Chief Referee Alexei Anisimov. “It was an unfortunate incident. Odins will recover from this severe injury and will return to the [officiating] ranks.”

This is not the first time Odins has suffered an injury during a game.  The Latvian referee was injured back in 2014 during a Gagarin Cup game between Moscow Dynamo and Lokomotiv.


Odins, 43, has worked 517 regular season games and 101 playoff matches in his 10-year career in the Jontinental Hockey League. He has been awarded the KHL’s Golden Whistle four times as the league’s top referee.

Here’s hoping he’ll be able to return to the ice in time for the 2019-20 KHL season.