From the Nottingham Panthers vs. Cardiff Devils game on 26/01/2019, two incidents occurred which required supplementary discipline. Both incidents were reviewed by the EIHL’s Department of Player Safety.
Jaynen Rissling – Check to the Head
After review of the video footage, it has been determined by the EIHL DOPS, that supplementary discipline is required. The incident is deemed as Category 2 – ‘Reckless’ – a deliberate and/or dangerous action with no concern for the result, with a conscious action to provoke, through intent and a wilful purpose. Injury is not the determining factor, but can be considered as an influential means to the decision.
With play moving into the Cardiff Devils’ attacking zone, and Cardiff player #47-Jake Morissette in possession of the puck, a set up play ensues. The play includes #47-Jake Morissette holding up above the hash mark to attempt to draw the Nottingham Panthers’ defenseman in. The play opens up the ice for the Cardiff Devil player, #23 Evan Mosey coming in from the high side, to the slot area and receiving a pass from the top hand side. This leads to #23 Evan Mosey having to have a split second wait for the puck to gain possession, and for his sight line and attention to momentarily switch to the puck. At the same time, from the opposite side of the ice, Nottingham Panthers’ #93 Jaynen Rissling is approaching at a high rate of speed to make a check on #23 Evan Mosey.
Considering the incident at full speed, it is important to note that from the pass to #23 Evan Mosey to the body contact by #93 Jaynen Rissling occurring is just over one second. With time, space and speed all taken into consideration, it is felt in the opinion of the DOPS that #93 Jaynen Rissling did not have time and was not deliberately or intentionally making a body check with head contact. However, in all incidents, when an illegal action occurs that is avoidable, the responsibility is on the checker to avoid head contact.
The reason for supplementary discipline is that the contact occurred initially and primarily to the head of the opposing player. Due to the two players skating in the opposite direction to each other, the force to the head area is with greater impact, which caused an apparent injury. As the video shows, #93 Jaynen Rissling cuts into the area of #23 Evan Mosey. This is visible by his body weight shifting to his outside (right) leg for the purpose of cutting into the opposing player. This puts the responsibility on #93 Jaynen Rissling to avoid head contact. Instead, the check missed the body of the opposing player and all the contact and force was expelled through the head of the opposing player. This is deemed a Check to the Head and considered reckless and endangering.
It was also taken into consideration that during the 2018/19 EIHL season, #93 Jaynen Rissling is a repeat offender for contact to the head of an opposing player.
Effective immediately, Jaynen Rissling is suspended for 6 games.
- Contact to the head
- Reckless & endangering
- Category 2 – Reckless + repeat offender for head contact during the 2108/19 EIHL season
Layne Ulmer – Leaving the players’ bench
As per IIHF Rule 141 (viii): the first player from either team to leave the players’ bench or penalty box during a player confrontation on ice will be assessed a double-minor penalty and an automatic game-misconduct penalty.
The incident was reviewed by the EIHL DOPS. After review of the video footage, it has been determined by the EIHL DOPS, that supplementary discipline is required.
When the play was stopped, Cardiff Devils’ player #18 Layne Ulmer was not on the ice. The stoppage in play was lengthy due to an injured player. In the course of the stoppage, #18 Layne Ulmer entered the ice at some point (not seen on video). After the injured player left the ice, #18 Layne Ulmer skated the to the Nottingham Panthers’ defensive zone and started a fight with #93 Jaynen Rissling.
While the DOPS accepts that the intent and purpose in starting an altercation is clear, if #18 Layne Ulmer felt he had to take an action to fight, the stoppage where he entered the ice from the players bench was not the time to pick. Players are fully aware of the rules regarding leaving the bench to start an altercation. For all situations where a player leaves the player or penalty bench to engage in a fight, the minimum suspension threshold is three games. With all of the above taken into account, it has been determined #18 Layne Ulmer requires supplementary discipline.
Effective immediately, Layne Ulmer is suspended for 3 games.
- Left players’ bench
- Involved in an altercation
- Participation in a fight deemed avoidable