On 26/12/2018, during the game between the Dundee Stars and the Fife Flyers, an incident occurred deemed as slashing. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL Department of Player Safety.
On review of the video footage, it has been determined by the EIHL Department of Player Safety that supplementary discipline is required. The incident is deemed Category 1 – ‘Careless’ – caused by insufficient attention or thought to avoid harm or error.
With play moving through the neutral zone, a body check occurred between Fife Flyers’ #40 Carlo Finucci and an opposing player. Taking exception to the body check, Finucci made a choice to create a form of retribution using his stick illegally. The stick foul was reviewed and raised to supplementary discipline. Considering the opposing player was skating away and with his back to Finucci, the stick foul is considered ‘unsuspecting’. As the video shows, Carlo Finucci brought his stick back to create a baseball-like swing. The location of the slash was targeted at the back area of the opposing player’s leg (where there is minimal protection). The two-handed swing is considered both aggressive and forceful. Although there appears to be no injury, the potential of injury is high. A hockey stick is not meant, or permitted to be used, as a ‘weapon’, and in this case the stick was used as such in a retaliatory action.
Effective immediately, Fife Flyers #40 Carlo Finucci is suspended for two games.
- Unsuspecting opponent
Categorised in: EIHL Department of Player Safety