So how long do shifts take for players in hockey? On average a player’s shift in hockey is 47 seconds on the ice. There are differences amongst defensemen and forwards, as a defensemen will take a slightly longer shift at avg. 48.6 seconds versus a forward who takes an avg.
That said, referees in the NHL are compensated quite well based on this picture that was posted on hockey reddit by reddit user Hockey_Ops_Guy. That’s $193,174 to $224,569 (USD) per year. That’s a good chunk of change, but it make sense for someone at the very top of their industry.
Billy Coutu was the first, and to date only, player banned from the NHL for life for violence in 1927; he assaulted referee Jerry Laflamme and tackled referee Billy Bell before starting a bench-clearing brawl during a Stanley Cup game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, apparently on the orders of Bruins