Referee Takes Puck to the Face in Red Wings-Bruins Game, Continues to Officiate

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2014

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Everyone who takes the ice during an NHL game is tough. There's no doubt about it.

Players have routinely proven that they can play through injuries, and Saturday's Game 5 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins gave a referee the opportunity to show how tough he is.

Referee Steve Kozari took a puck to the face early in the third period of the game. Bruins trainers checked him out, and he briefly left the ice. After the other officials called for a timeout, Kozari was ready to continue officiating.

Update: Wednesday, April 30 at 12:05 a.m. ET

Kozari sported a pretty wicked black eye during Game 6 between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night:

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 29: Referee Steve Kozari #40 works the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers in Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 29, 2014 in Philadelphia,
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The situation could have been much worse, but it looks like he was able to shake it off.

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