Referee Kelly Sutherland took a moment to welcome the opposing centers before dropping the puck on Wednesday’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

As Sidney Crosby and Connor Bedard glided to the dot, Sudsy cracked the mic.

“Hey Sid, welcome back for another season. Connor… welcome to the NHL.”

“Okay guys, it’s showtime,” Sutherland added. “Let’s have a great game.”

Crosby offered a ‘good luck’ of his own before cleanly winning the draw. 



Many appreciated Sutherland’s quick intro, while others prefer the zebras to stay off the mic.

Sudsy, who’s often audible through out the games, kept it brief.

The stripes had a bit more to say at the start of the 2022-23 season:

NHL Refs Deliver Pre-Game Speeches Prior to Puck Drop