February 17, 2019 1:30 pm

On Saturday, 16/02/2019, an incident occurred, deemed as a check to the head. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL DOPS.

On review of the video footage, it has been determined by the EIHL DOPS that supplementary discipline is required. The incident is deemed Category 1 – ‘Careless’ – insufficient attention or thought to avoid harm or error. It is liable to happen as a consequence of, by intending to, affect an opponent through a reactionary or accidental motion; or the incident is deemed careless caused by negligence.

After a drop-pass play by an MK Lightning player to his team-mate, #45 Robbie Baillargeon, a check followed that is deemed a check to the head or neck area. With Baillargeon being a right hand shot and in a shooting position, his attention is to his right and he is considered in a vulnerable position. Cardiff Devils #85 Sean Bentivoglio approached from the shooter’s top hand side, which is considered an unsuspecting side approach, and took advantage of an opposing player in a vulnerable position. When approaching and making a body check, the onus is on the hitter to make shoulder to shoulder, or shoulder to chest, contact and avoid head contact. Instead, Bentivoglio made minimal shoulder to chest contact and a lot of shoulder contact to the head of #45 Robbie Baillargeon. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL DOPS and determined supplementary discipline is required for contact to the head.

The head contact is deemed avoidable. When approaching from an unsuspecting angle, Bentivoglio must make contact without involving the head of the opposing player as a primary contact point. The check is considered reckless and endangering, and has a very high potential of leading to injury.

Effective immediately, Cardiff Devils #85 Sean Bentivoglio is suspended for 2 games.

Key Points:

  1. Head contact
  2. Deemed avoidable
  3. Recklessly endangering
  4. Category 1 – Careless
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