December 22, 2018 3:35 pm

On 21/12/2018, during the game between the Belfast Giants and the Manchester Storm an incident occurred during a stoppage in play where multiple Fighting and Roughing penalties were assessed.  The incident was automatically reviewed by the EIHL’s Department of Player Safety.

On review of the video footage, it has been determined by the EIHL DOPS that supplementary discipline is required.  The incident involving Manchester Storm #9 Luke Moffatt and Belfast Giants #39 Patrick Dwyer is deemed as Category 2 – ‘Reckless’ – a deliberate and/or dangerous action with no concern for the result, with a conscious and intentional action to provoke.  Injury is not the determining factor, but can be considered as influential means to the final decision.

At a stoppage with multiple situations in progress, an incident occurred that is deemed illegal and detrimental to the game. In the course of one of the scrums, Manchester Storm #9 Luke Moffatt was engaged with Belfast Giants #39 Patrick Dwyer. As they were physically challenging one another, Moffatt was able to grab the helmet of the opposing player. Having done so, Moffatt swung the helmet at the head area of the opposing player. It is illegal, and deemed dangerous, to use a helmet to impede force through a punch, especially considering that in this case the opposing player is not wearing a helmet.

Effective immediately, Manchester Storm #9 Luke Moffatt is suspended for two (2) games.

Key Points:

  1. Illegal and dangerous use of equipment
  2. At the head area of opposing player
  3. Category 2 – ‘Reckless’
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