February 8, 2020

The NIHL Discipline Committee have made the following rulings after the games of last weekend.

Bobby Chamberlain of Hull Pirates picked up a 5+game roughing penalty in Friday’s National Cup semi final, this takes him past the 10 personal penalty point threshold.  The player has been suspended for two games – the first was served on Sunday February 2.  He will also miss February 8.

Chelmsford Chieftains Grant Bartlett was given a match penalty for an obscene gesture in the NIHL South 1 game at Raiders on February 1.  He is suspended for two games with five penalty points, and will miss games on February 8 and 9.

Matt Croyle from Bracknell Hornets received a match penalty for fighting in the NIHL South 1 game at Solent Devils on February 1.  He is suspended for four games with five penalty points, he will miss games on February 8, 15, 16 and 29.

There was an incident in the second period of the NIHL National game on February 1 between Basingstoke Bison and Raiders.  Bison’s Michal Klejna received a match penalty for slew footing, while Raiders’ Callum Wells was assessed 2+10 for checking to the head and match penalty for fighting.

Both teams requested a review of the respective penalties which was carried out using reports from game officials and video evidence.

Klejna’s penalty has been downgraded to a 5+game and the player is therefore not subject to any supplementary discipline.

In the case of Callum Wells, the review has determined that the fighting penalty should be amended to 2+2 for engaging a willing combatant.  However the checking to the head penalty has been upgraded to a match penalty.  The review determined that: “the player has no intention of playing the puck and recklessly endangers his opponent – taking several strides before jumping off the ice – his skates leaving the ice to deliver a check to the head of his opponent.”

Under the disciplinary rules, a match penalty for checking to the head carries a mandatory six game suspension.  Callum Wells will therefore miss games on February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.

There were also two suspensions issued in the EIHA U20 league from last weekend.

In the game between Sutton Sting and Kingston Sharks, Sutton’s Rui Tait was given a match penalty for verbal abuse of official.  He is suspended for four games with five penalty points.  Kingston’s Dominic Smith picked up a match penalty for fighting and is also suspended for four games with five penalty points.  In both cases the players cannot play at any other level until the suspension is served at U20 level.