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Referee Don Koharski Retires

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 12, 2009 by flyersfan44

Referee Don Koharski retired after 32 years of officiating NHL games.  Never a favorite ref of mine, Koharski is well known as the ref who was accosted in the hallway leading to the dressing room by Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld after Game 3 of the 1988 Stanley Cup Semifinals, won by Boston 6-1.  As Schoenfeld yelled at Koharski, he either tripped or was pushed by Schoenfeld.  Koharski then yelled that Schoenfeld would be “gone” (i.e. suspended) and Schoenfeld screamed the now infamous “You fell, you fat pig. Have another doughnut!”  Schoenfeld was initially suspended but then got an injunction to coach Game 4, which led to the NHL referees sitting out the game in protest. Replacement officials were brought in to call the game.  The incident can be seen below: