Valdix banned for two games after Cardiff clash
Statement from Elite League Dept of Player Safety (DOPS)
On 20/12/2018, during the game between the MK Lightning and the Cardiff Devils, an incident occurred, deemed as a check to the head. The incident was reviewed by the EIHL Department of Player Safety.
After review of the video footage, it has been determined by the Department of Player Safety that supplementary discipline is required. The incident is deemed Category 1 – ‘Careless’ – caused by insufficient attention or thought to avoid harm or error. It is liable to happen as a consequence, or by intention, or affecting an opponent through a reactionary or accidental motion; or the incident is deemed careless caused by negligence.
With MK Lightning in control of the puck in the attacking zone, MK Lightning #14 Andreas Valdix made an illegal body check to an opposing player who was not in possession of the puck. As the video shows, Cardiff Devils #47 Jake Morrissette is skating towards his own net in a defensive role and is considered to be skating with regard for the puck.
From the unsuspecting side (top hand glove side), Andreas Valdix approaches, with what is also considered to be regard for the puck. The reason for supplementary discipline is due to the fact that Valdix altered his body immediately before contact and made direct contact to Jake Morrissette's head.
The check to the head by Andreas Valdix is conclusive, with direct contact to the head and an altered skating position from a balanced stance on both legs to a weight shift on to his left leg. The left leg weight shift allows Valdix to have a solid body position, alter to his right and extend his right shoulder up and into the head of Morrissette. The head contact is deemed avoidable.
Effective immediately, MK Lightning #14 Andreas Valdix is suspended for Two (2) games.