30,000 Habs fans sign petition demanding to fire NHL referee Chris Lee

Published June 23, 2021 at 8:03 PM

The refereeing in the semi-final showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights has been particularly poor, with most fans agreeing that experienced official Chris Lee is to blame.

Indeed, approximately 30,000 Canadiens supporters have signed an online petition for the NHL to remove Lee.

CTV Montreal reports:

«In recent years, we have already noticed Chris Lee for the wrong reasons in the hockey world,» wrote petition author Olivier Tetreault. «In the last two games... we have seen so many occasions Chris Lee's inability to do his referee work in the NHL.»

As of Wednesday afternoon, 27,070 people have agreed with Tetreault.

«This ref has no place in the NHL he is a disgrace to the game,» wrote one commenter.
«His incompetence is so obvious, if (NHL Commissioner Gary) Bettman doesn't see this then he is also part of the problem» wrote another.

The backlash arises in large part from Lee's refereeing in Game 3 of the series, when he "looked the other way" on numerous non-calls that favoured the Golden Knights.

I can't reasonably say whether or not Lee is fit to continue his job as an NHL referee, but I can definitively say that he should 100% NOT be officiating any games involving the Canadiens anytime soon.

It's simply too sensitive of a situation right now and the NHL would be wise to avoid the situation entirely by leaving Lee at home on the couch.

You can sign the petition here:
Sign the petition to have Chris Lee fired.

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30,000 Habs fans sign petition demanding to fire NHL referee Chris Lee

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