NHL referees put themselves at risk every time they step onto the ice, and when fights break out, they need to be ready to take a punch.
During the Colorado Avalanche-Chicago Blackhawks game on Tuesday night, linesman Andy McElman found himself sitting on the ice after taking an unexpected punch from the Blackhawks' Michal Rozsival during a scuffle:
Rozsival delivered a pretty good shot on the official. Things settled down quickly after that, so McElman didn't have to do much once he got back on his feet.
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