DOPS suspends Mitch Wahl (Innsbruck)

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Sonntag, 17.Dezember 2017 - 9:13 - Mitch Wahl from the HC TWK Innsbruck got suspended by the DOPS for three games. On Friday's game against the Viennca Capitals Mitch Wahl made contact with an opponent deemed as High-sticking.

According to the Arbitrator and after reviewing video evidence, player Mitch Wahl (#79) of HC TWK Innsbruck "die Haie", time 59:57, made contact with an opponent deemed as High-sticking, IIHF Rule 143. As per the 2017/18 EBEL Gamebook Part I - Chapter III - § 10, video evidence was sent to PSC (IDOPS) for a final verdict.

On Friday in Innsbruck, a play occurred that is deemed recklessly endangering to the opposing player. As the video shows, Mitch Wahl and an opposing player are engaged with each other in a physical manner, in pursuit of the puck. Both players exchanged physical contact though the use of their stick. The incident was deemed a 1 on 1 battle for the puck, until Mitch Wahl raised his stick to the head height of the opposing player, making head contact. The incident was sent to the PSC and determined that supplementary discipline is required. The stick action is considered forceful and dangerous. In addition, while the opposing player is on the ice in a defenseless position, Mitch Wahl delivered a punch directly at the head of the opposing player. The actions of Mitch Wahl are considered overly aggressive and with intent. Considering there was approximately 3 seconds left in the game, Mitch Wahl has to be in control of his emotions, refrain from the use of his stick as a physical means and have respect in refraining from aggressive actions directed at the head of an opposing player.

The incident was sent to the EBEL PSC. The EBEL PSC determined that supplementary discipline is required. The infraction is deemed a 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 willful purpose. Injury is not the determining factor, but can be considered as influential means to the decision.

Effective immediately, Mitch Wahl is suspended for 3 games.

Key references:
- Directly to the head neck area
- Stick used in a illegal manner
- Deemed dangerous and reckless
- Not a repeat offender

From the perspective of DOPS and according to the EBEL Penalty Catalog Ref. Nr. 119 - High Sticking, Mitch Wahl (#79) of HC TWK Innsbruck "die Haie" is suspended for 3 games, effective immediately.

Next game Mitch Wahl (#79) of HC TWK Innsbruck "die Haie" is allowed to play:
26.12.2017 HC TWK Innsbruck "die Haie" vs. EC Red Bull Salzburg

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