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Referee Gord Dwyer sidelined by facial fractures

Thursday, 12.02.2010 / 6:37 PM / News

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Referee Gord Dwyer sidelined by facial fractures
Referee Gord Dwyer is likely to miss several weeks after suffering facial fractures when he was hit by a puck during Wednesday night's game at Columbus between the Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators.
The League said Thursday that Dwyer had several fractures of the orbital bone after taking a puck in the right side of the face during Nashville's 4-3 shootout victory. He needed stitches but the League said he's doing well and could be going home in a day or so.

Dwyer is expected to miss several weeks, but the League said there's no indication of any long-term damage.

The 33-year-old from Halifax, N.S., refereed his first NHL game in 2005 and came into the season having worked 317 games in the League, including a full schedule of 76 last season.
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