From the United Kingdom’s Elite Ice Hockey League — the what? — comes a massive suspension to Derek Campbell, a former OHLer who enjoyed a cup of coffee in the AHL before heading overseas to continue his professional career.
Saturday, the Hull Stingrays forward and 33-year-old from Nepean, Ont., got himself in considerably hot water in a game versus the Dundee Stars.
While mixed up in a crowd of bodies following a hit-from-behind on a teammate, Campbell attempted to gouge an eye, inflicted a knee to the head, and used excessive force to drive an opponent’s head into the ice.
Dude went bonkers, and he’ll probably be hearing about it for the rest of his life.
But the real drama took place after Campbell was ejected, as he fought a Stars player on his way to the dressing room. This, you might imagine, is frowned upon even in a low-level minor pro league in the U.K.
Each EIHL plays 52 games per season, so Campbell essentially got the equivalent to a 74-game suspension in the NHL.
The suspension breakdown, courtesy the EIHL’s official website:
Fighting off the ice = 15 matches
Attempted eye gouge = 12 matches
Knee to the head = 10 matches
Excessive force to the head resulting in an impact to the ice = 10 matches