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NHL referee Steve Kozari calling a penalty
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Major update on Steve Kozari after horrific injury during Pens game

Published April 21, 2024 at 6:07 PM
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The Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators will start their playoff series tonight. For game one, veteran NHL referee Steve Kozari will be making his return after he suffered a serious injury in the regular season.

Kozari was injured earlier this month in a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. He inadvertently collided with Lightning player Haydn Fleury and was completely blindsided, falling to the ice unable to protect himself.

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




The veteran official was eventually stretchered off the ice as a precaution, but luckily he was okay. However, he did not appear in another game for the remainder of the regular season. Tonight he will make his return as he is one of the two referees for game one between the Canucks and Predators.

Media notes for #Canucks & #Preds Game #1 tonight show referee Steve Kozari is set to work alongside Kyle Rehman. Kozari was seriously injured at beginning of Apr. in collision during PIT vs TBL game. In his #NHL career, Kozari has worked 136 playoff games & 4 #StanleyCup Finals.


The Canucks are the favorites to win the series, but the Predators had one of the strongest second halves in the entire NHL, securing their unlikely playoff spot. They could very well give the Canucks a run for their money in this one.
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