September 21, 2017
EIHA Disciplinary officials have handed out the first round of suspensions in NIHL and U20 leagues this season. The summary documents are available on the EIHA website, Discipline Section.
In the National League a total of seven suspensions have been issued in the first month or so of action. Connor Keyes (Coventry Blaze) and Conor Gordon (Telford Tigers) each picked up two game bans after getting Match penalties in a pre-season game on August 26.
Billingham Stars’ Luke Brown was assessed a Match for kicking and Match for obscene gesture in his side’s home opener on September 2 and has been banned for a total of five games.
Rob Perks picked up 5+game for butt ending and a Match for abuse of official in Coventry Blaze’s league game with Telford Tigers on September 9. He was banned for one game.
Haringey Huskies’ Joseph Berry was assessed a Match for head butting on 16 September and has been banned for two matches.
There was an incident in Coventry Blaze v Bradford Bulldogs NIHL North 2 fixture on September 16. At the end of period two Bradford’s Reece Cairney-Witter received two Match penalties for fighting, while Connor Keyes of Coventry also picked up a Match penalty.
Cairney-Witter receives a two game ban for each offence plus and additional two games for reaching 10 penalty points, a total suspension of six games. Keyes likewise gets two games for the offence, plus two games for reaching 10 penalty points for a total of four games.
Finally in the EIHA U20 league, Billingham’s James Hellens was assessed a Match penalty for checking from behind in his side’s north east derby at Whitley Bay on September 16. He is banned for two matches and has five penalty points on his record.
The EIHA discipline rules introduced before last season mean that a player is banned from all hockey until his suspension is served.