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(UPDATED) Scary Moment During Penguins Game, Ref Collides with Player



The Pittsburgh Penguins were holding on to a 4-2 third period lead over the Tampa Bay Ligthtning Saturday at PPG Paints Arena. However, a scary moment halted the game when referee Steve Kozari and Tampa Bay defenseman Hayden Fleury collided at the red line.

Fleury was shaken up and took a moment to get to his feet and leave the ice.

Kozari lay motionless on the ice for minutes. He had to be stretchered off. Fortunately, he could be seen moving his fingers and communicating with trainers who treated him.

Both teams came to center ice to show their concern as paramedics wheeled Kozary off the ice. Per NHL rules, one of the linesmen assumed officiating duties.

UPDATE: Approximately 90 minutes after the game, the NHL PR released a statement:

“Referee Steve Kozari was transported to UPMC Mercy Hospital for precautionary reasons following a collision with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Hayden Fleury in the Penguins-Lightning game this afternoon. Kozari is conscious and alert and has the use of all of his extremities. He is expected to make a full recovery.”