April 2, 2019 9:07 pm

An incident occurred on Sunday 31 March involving Fife Flyers’ #92 Brett Bulmer, during the game between the Fife Flyers and the Glasgow Clan, which was deemed as kneeing. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL Department of Player Safety 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 Glasgow Clan #9 Brendan Connolly is retrieving a loose puck, he continues his skating path towards the middle of the ice. He is retrieving the puck on his right side, forcing him to play puck from a back hand side, created his attention towards the puck (his right).  From Brendan Connolly’s left side, which is an unsuspecting side, Fife Flyers #92 Brett Bulmer approached, head on, to make a body check. The reason for supplementary discipline is in an attempt to make a body check, Bulmer did not make body to body contact – and instead made knee to knee contact with Connolly. Bulmer is considered responsible for the action of his body, approach into the check and to avoid contact which is deemed illegal. As the video shows, Bulmer continues to widen his stance to the point where his left leg extends and makes knee on knee contact with no body to body contact. There was an apparent injury sustained from the knee on knee contact.

Effective immediately, Fife Flyers #92 Brett Bulmer is suspended for 3 games.

Key References:

  • Knee on knee
  • Unsuspecting
  • Category 2 – Reckless


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