October 26, 2018
The disciplinary committee for NIHL and U20 have been in action again this week, with four major penalties to look at.
Starting in NIHL on Saturday October 20, Sutton Sting’s Niks Veiss picked up 10+game and two Match penalties for abuse of official in the third period of his side’s North 1 game with Sheffield Steeldogs. On each of the match penalties he is suspended for four games with five penalty points. As this takes him past 10 penalty points, he is suspended for an additional two games under the totting up process. This makes a total suspension of ten games. He is next available to play on December 16.
Also on Saturday, Billingham Stars’ defenceman Matthew Campbell was given a Match penalty for fighting in the third period of the North 1 game at Solway Sharks. The player is suspended for two games with five penalty points on his record. He missed one game last Sunday, October 21, and misses October 27.
Brandon Webster from the Raiders received a Match penalty for checking to the head on Sunday October 21, in the third period of the South 1 game at MK Thunder. The player is suspended for six games with five penalty points on his record. Webster misses games on October 27, 28, November 10, 11, 17 and 24.
In the Under 20 league, Sheffield’s William Newcombe was assessed a Match penalty for butt-ending in the second period of the U20 North division game at Kingston on Sunday October 21. The player is suspended for two games with five penalty points. He misses the U20 games on November 10 and 18. Per the disciplinary guidelines he is not eligible for U18 or NIHL until the suspension has been served.
A full list of the discipline decisions given in NIHL, U20 and Women’s leagues can be found on the Discipline section of the EIHA website, where you will also find the latest version of the EIHA disciplinary rules and procedures.
The disciplinary rules are constantly evolving and there is regular discussion between the different heads of discipline and their respective league management as well as with the referee section to improve rule clarity and consistency of decisions.