DOPS – Head-Butting penalty to Lightning’s #10 Martin Mazanec downgraded

February 17, 2019 1:30 pm

On 16/02/2019 Milton Keynes Lightning’s #10 Martin Mazanec was assessed a Match Penalty for Head-Butting.

All Match Penalties carry an automatic one-game suspension, and are automatically reviewed by the EIHL’s Department of Player Safety. In this instance, the DOPS decided that supplementary discipline was not needed.

EIHL Rule 142, covering Head-Butting, states:

  • A player who attempts to head-butt will be assessed Double Minor Penalty
  • A player who succeeds in head-butting an opponent will be assessed a Match Penalty
In the view of the DOPS Panel, the call on the ice should have been 2+2, and not the Match Penalty assessed. The records will be adjusted to reflect this, and therefore no automatic suspension will be applied.
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