NEWS: two major suspensions announced for National League players

The NIHL Discipline chiefs have handed down two lengthy suspensions today following serious incidents in recent National League games.

Solent Devils player Mitchell Murray was assessed a Match Penalty for excessive roughness during the third period of his side’s NIHL South 1 game with Streatham on 23 October.  After a long disciplinary process, the player has been suspended for excessive roughness and bringing the game into disrepute.  The 15-month suspension covers all ice hockey leagues and runs until 23 January 2018.

Macauley Stones on Bradford Bulldogs received two Match Penalties during the second period of his team’s NIHL North 2 against Hull Jets on 12 November.  The penalties were assessed for Slashing and Unnecessary Roughness.  After reviewing the penalties, Stones has been suspended for ‘assault, biting and bringing the game into disrepute’.  He is suspended indefinitely from all ice hockey leagues.

* One further player has been suspended following the Grimsby-Deeside U20 match from 12 November.  Five suspensions were announced earlier today.  Joshua Ford of Deeside has been suspended for a total of three games as the instigator of the fighting at 60.00 of the game.  He also has five penalty points added to his record.

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