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Gary Bettman Makes Controversial Officiating Decision

Published October 17, 2023 at 11:53
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Officiating in the NHL has consistently ignited controversy. Whether it concerns the decisions made by referees or the league's choice to assign particular officials to specific games, it remains a hot topic among fans.

Fans Criticize Bettman's Controversial Decision



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It all began last weekend during the Rangers' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The NHL selected Tommy Hughes, a former member of the Rangers organization, to serve as a linesman. In that game, Hughes overturned two goals. Despite this, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman opted to assign Hughes to another Rangers game.


"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"


Concerns Arise About Partial Officiating Following Bettman's Decision



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Tommy Hughes had a seven-year career in professional hockey, including four years with the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford. Even though Hughes may not have had any direct involvement in the overturned goals against Columbus, the decision to assign him raises eyebrows.

This entire situation could have been easily avoided if the NHL had chosen to assign Hughes to a different game.

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