Ref being stretchered off the ice
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Ref gets stretchered off the ice after colliding with Hayden Fleury

Published April 6, 2024 at 7:06 PM

During a National Hockey League game this afternoon, a terrifying incident unfolded, leaving veteran NHL referee Steve Kozari seriously injured.

The unfortunate event occurred during a matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The harrowing moment occurred when Kozari collided with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Haydn Fleury near center ice, resulting in Kozari being knocked unconscious.

Leah Hextall, reporting live during the broadcast, confirmed Kozari's loss of consciousness due to the impact with Fleury.

"Upon the hit with Fleury, there was a moment of unconsciousness for Steve (Kozari)" via ESPN

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In a heartwarming display of sportsmanship, both teams emptied their benches and gathered on the ice to show their support for Kozari as he was carried off.

The solidarity demonstrated by the players highlighted the tight-knit community within the hockey world.

Replay of the collision between referee Steve Kozari and Haydn Fleury. Kozari was responsive as he was stretchered off the ice.

Additionally, the Lightning announced that Haydn Fleury would not be returning to the game, indicating the severity of the collision between the two individuals.

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Referee knocked out after colliding with Haydn Fleury.

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