Referees already have a lot to deal with when they are on the ice. Skating around already takes a lot of effort, but compound that with trying to make the right calls and it is probably the toughest gig in sports.
During a recent KHL game a referee caught a fist for his troubles while trying to break up a fight.
— KHL (@khl_eng) September 29, 2016
Sibir took on Metallurg in a league affair and after a slash from Evgeny Timkin, both sides got into it. Timkin threw a punch and it landed right on Pyotr Alyoshin chin. Poor Alyoshin took it in stride though, staying on his feet.
Metallurg ended up winning the game 3-0 and surprisingly no penalty was called on the punch. Just a bruised ego for Timkin.