Gary Bettman Criticized For Controversial Officiating Call

Published October 17, 2023 at 3:51 PM

Despite their best attempts at fixing many issues, the officiating in the NHL is always a hot button issue, with referees constantly taking criticism for their performance, and now, Gary Bettman has received backlash for his latest move regarding the officials.

A controversial call


Recently, the NHL assigned Tommy Hughes, a former New York Ranger to their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and in controversial fashion, the linesman was a part of overturning two close calls.

Former New York Rangers minor league defenseman Tommy Hughes will be manning the lines tonight for #Yotes #NYR. He worked Saturday's game which saw two offside goals overturned via Coach's Challenge

Despite the calls being somewhat controversial, Bettman decided to again assign Hughes to the Rangers latest game against the Arizona Coyotes, a move that's drawn plenty of heat towards the Commissioner.

Inconsistent officiating

Hughes' link to the Rangers was always going to bring plenty of unnecessary heat upon the NHL, as they could have easily avoided this by simply assigning Hughes elsewhere.

The decision not too is another example of the NHL clearly not being able to read the room, and with so many moves like this as of late, it brings so much negative attention to the league.

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Gary Bettman Criticized For Controversial Officiating Call

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