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NHL referee takes puck to the face, stays in game

- April 26th, 2014

Steve Kozari, who officiated the Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings series, became part of Game 5′s story on Saturday when a Dougie Hamilton clearing attempt knocked him in the side of the face.

Um, ouch.

The 11-year referee didn’t miss a shift, though, batting away any pain so he could continue to do his job.

This isn’t the first time Kozari’s face has taken an on-duty beating. Dude’s a trooper.

Here’s a photo from our archives from a Montreal-Toronto game on Oct. 1, 2013:

Steve Kozari

Steve Kozari (QMI Agency)

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