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Brett Bulmer suspended for two games

Panthers' forward receives suspended for two games for Kneeing

An incident occurred on Sunday 1 September involving Nottingham Panthers’ #92 Brett Bulmer, during the game between the Nottingham Panthers and the Sheffield Steelers, which is deemed as kneeing. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL Department of Player Safety which determined supplementary discipline is required under 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 retrieving a loose puck in the neutral zone, Sheffield Steelers’ #52 Nikolai Lemtyugov, circles out to the middle of the ice in an attempt to skate towards his attacking zone. Entering in a cross-ice skating lane directly towards Lemtyugov, Nottingham Panthers’ #92 Brett Bulmer made an illegal check through the use and extension of his left knee.

As seen on the video, Bulmer made a multitude of mistakes which led to an illegal means of contact:

He took the defending zone side of attacking player, went to a gliding wide leg stance immediately before contact, approached at a 90* angle (straight on skating lane) and resorted to a last second reaction type move through the extension of his left knee.

Bulmer must work to approach at an angle, taking the proper skating lane away from the opposing player and make contact through the use of his shoulder or hip only.

It is important to note that this is the 2nd kneeing incident (repeat offender) requiring supplementary discipline in a minimal amount of games played for Bulmer. Although there was no apparent injury on the play, the risk of serious injury is high. Bulmer must eliminate the use of his knee as a means of checking. Supplementary discipline is required, based on the fact of the present incident in question and the fact that Bulmer, due to a kneeing suspension in the recent past, is considered a high-risk player.

Effective immediately, Nottingham Panthers #92 Brett Bulmer is suspended for 2 games: 1 game for the kneeing incident on Sunday 01.09.2019, and 1 game for a repeat offense.

Key References:

  1. Knee on knee
  2. Unsuspecting
  3. Category 1 – Careless

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