December 18, 2018 12:00 pm

On 16/12/2018, during the game between the Manchester Storm and the Belfast Giants an incident occurred which was deemed as an elbow. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL Department of Player Safety. After review of the video footage, it has been determined that supplementary discipline is required.

The incident is deemed Category 1 – ‘Careless’ – caused by insufficient attention or thought to avoid harm or error.

With Belfast Giants #61 Hunter Bishop in possession of the puck and entering the back boards, behind the net, he receives a legal body check. The body check creates the situation where the opposing player falls to the ice with Hunter Bishop falling on top of him. At this point, the play is all deemed legal and normal within a game. The reason for supplementary discipline is that Bishop, located on the back of the opposing player who is face down on the ice, elevates up and then engages is an action downwards with his left elbow.

Considering the opposing player is face down on the ice and unable to protect himself, this makes the incident a high potential situation for injury. Hunter Bishop, for no apparent reason, makes a choice to elevate his left arm for the purpose of using his elbow to propel force, which is directly at the opposing player’s head. The elbow action is deemed careless, recklessly endangering and shows no respect for the opposing player who is unsuspecting and unable to protect himself.

Effective immediately, Hunter Bishop is suspended for 1 game.

Key Points:

  1. Contact to the head
  2. Elbow
  3. Unsuspecting
  4. Category 1 – Careless
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