On Sunday 24 March an incident occurred involving Nottingham Panthers’ #93 Jaynen Rissling, deemed a cross check targeted at the head area of the opposing player. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL DOPS which determined supplementary discipline is required under 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 influential means to the decision.
As the video shows, Nottingham Panthers’ #93 Rissling has puck possession while skating from the neutral zone into the attacking zone. Fife Flyers’ #9 Bari MacKenzie, without his stick, resorts to a defensive means with his left arm, considered and penalised as holding. Immediately following the puck battle, Rissling resorts to no puck focus and instead, engaging Bari MacKenzie in a roughing type action, resulting in both players falling to the ice. While on the ice, with MacKenzie face down on the ice and Rissling on his back, Rissling appears like he is going to get up. Instead, he elevates his stick to a cross checking motion with his hands separated, in a wind up motion and delivers a targeted forceful cross check to the back of the neck/head of MacKenzie. The cross check is deemed reckless and endangering, with a high potential to cause injury. MacKenzie, with Rissling on his back, and face down to the ice, had no way to protect or defend himself.
Effective immediately, Nottingham Panthers #93 Jaynen Rissling is suspended for 2 games. He will there not be eligible to play in the Panthers home game vs. Guildford on 30 March, nor in the first leg of their playoff Quarter-Finals.
– Cross check
– Category 2 – Reckless