Found February 05, 2013 on
Hockey referees are arguably the best in all of sports, and they’re also some of the bravest.
The men in the striped shirts step out on the ice every night, sharing the ice with some of the biggest, fastest athletes the sports world has to offer. It goes without saying that some times there’s nowhere to hide for officials.
Referee Chris Rooney found that out the hard way Monday night in Colorado where he was reffing the Avalanche-Stars game. Rooney was in the wrong place at the wrong time when a Jamie Oleksiak slap shot deflected off of Paul Stastny. The puck looked to be headed toward the net, but the deflection sent it to the corner where Rooney was standing. The puck drilled the referee in the head, sending him straight to the ice.
Rooney, as a hockey ref, is a tough guy. He ended up skating off the ice, but he did not return. As Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog points out, Rooney “checked out OK,” according to an NHL security representative.
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Only three minutes into the Dallas Stars-Colorado Avalanche game on Monday night, this scary moment happened. Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak took a slapshot and it was deflected by Colorado forward Paul Stastny’s skate. Referee Chris Rooney never saw the puck coming and didn’t even have a chance to react to the puck headed straight for his head.The A.P. reported:The puck...
A scary moment occurred during the Dallas Stars-Colorado Avalanche game on Monday night, when veteran NHL referee Chris Rooney was down and out on the ice after an odd carom off a slapshot resulted in the puck drilling him in the head. A few minutes into the first period, a shot from the point by hulking Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak deflected off Avalanche player Paul Stastny’s...
NHL referee Chris Rooney had to be ushered off the ice Monday night after a shot by Dallas Stars defenseman Jaime Oleksiak deflected off the skate of Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny and hit Rooney in the head.
Rooney, who was hit just three minutes into the game, stayed down for quite some time behind the Avalanche net. A stretcher was brought out, but Rooney slowly got...
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8:00 PM CT
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Goals – 20th, Goals Against – 11th, Power Play – 30th, Penalty Kill – 22nd
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NHL referee Chris Rooney was helped off the ice after being hit by a puck after a shot by Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak deflected off the skate of Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny on Monday night.
The puck appeared to carom off the head of Rooney, who stayed down for quite some time behind the Avalanche net. A stretcher was brought out, but Rooney slowly got up and...