Head Coach Don Jackson of Red Bull Munich was involved in an incident deemed as Unsportsmanlike Conduct at approximately 64:39 of Saturday’s game against HC Ambrì-Piotta. The video evidence was sent to the CHL Sports Disciplinary Board, which determined the incident to be worthy of supplementary discipline.
According to the Arbitrator and having considered the video evidence, Referee report, Red Bull Munich report and ruling of the CHL Sports Disciplinary Board, head coach Don Jackson of Red Bull Munich will receive supplementary discipline under Rule 168 – Unsportsmanlike Conduct. The statements of both the Red Bull Munich Hockey Team and Game Officials were taken into consideration.
From the perspective of the CHL Sports Disciplinary Board, Head Coach Don Jackson did demonstrate unsportsmanlike conduct - directed at a game official in the way of physical activity (throwing clipboard to ice), verbal means and body language (not leaving the players’ bench in a timely manner).
There was an issue with the game clock, which is deemed the cause of Don Jackson to have communication with the Game Official(s) and vice versa. The Game Officials, at the time, were unaware of the game clock. They had to resort to the off-ice staff of the home club, which they did. No clock time issues were brought to their attention. The Game Officials are considered in charge of the game and related situations. However, in the context of the game time (overtime), a delayed penalty being assessed and the high pressure of the game in those moments, the Game Officials can only do what they see or know conclusively. The game clock irregularities were not seen by the game officials at time. At no time is it considered appropriate or probable reason to demonstrate unsportsmanlike behaviour at a Game Official.
The unsportsmanlike behaviour Don Jackson demonstrated is considered excessive, not within the integrity of the game and certainly not within the integrity of the CHL. The CHL Sports Disciplinary Board suspends Don Jackson for 2 games on probation and fined EUR 2,000.00 (effective immediately). The 2 CHL game suspension on probation are only to be served if/when a future incident occurs during the 2019/20 CHL season and will be considered in addition to the respective incident in question.