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NHL referee Kelly Sutherland under fire for fixing games

Published May 10, 2024 at 5:47 PM
BY SAMER
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NHL referee Kelly Sutherland has become a lightning rod of controversy, particularly among Vancouver Canucks fans, who perceive bias in his officiating.

In the high-stakes environment of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, every call holds immense weight, impacting games and seasons. Despite the expectation of impartiality, Canucks fans feel they have not received fair treatment from Sutherland.

Sutherland's off-season media appearances, where he has expressed disdain for the Canucks, have fueled suspicions of bias affecting his on-ice decisions. Fans point to instances where key players like Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid have suffered, potentially influencing series outcomes.

Everyone has heard stories about Sutherland's opinion about the Canucks because he doesn't hide it during the off-season.


When Tony G talks about the NHL trying to "manage" series this is what he means.

Drai is hurt. McDavid is invisible so Sutherland gets sent in.



Social media posts highlight statistical anomalies, such as the Canucks' poor record in games officiated by Sutherland. Fans cite specific instances of controversial calls, like a recent high-sticking penalty, as evidence of biased officiating.

Canucks 0-7-1 in the last 8 games reffed by Sutherland.

This includes the Vegas game last month where he called the high stick on Zadorov that didn't connect with Pietrangelo at all, an objectively missed call

...2-7-1 same s**t it's bad


The question arises: Is it fair for Sutherland to officiate Canucks games given these concerns?

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