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RapidFire19

Chaos Ensues In Thunderbirds, Enforcers Game

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Chaos Ensues In Thunderbirds, Enforcers Game

By James Jackson

March 10, 2019

The NCAA has "March Madness" but the FHL now has "March Mayhem" following the Carolina Thunderbirds vs Elmira Enforcers game on Sunday afternoon. Sunday saw the final game of a three game series between the Thunderbirds and the Enforcers. The Enforcers played host to the Thunderbirds all weekend, dropping two games Friday and Saturday to Carolina. Sunday’s game was anything but normal however, as Enforcers Owner Robbie Nichols pushed a referee and caused a major incident. According to WETM, a local news station in Elmira, Nichols was being held back while swinging his arms towards an on-ice official.

 

While all the details are still unknown at this time, Under Review knows that the referee’s left the First Arena and didn’t return. The incident occured after Thunderbirds Head Coach Andre Niec, who was playing on a celebrity contract for one game, scored a controversial goal. Nichols didn’t agree with the call and things got out of hand. The exit from the referee’s caused the game to be originally suspended, however the Federal Hockey League has the game listed as cancelled on their website.

 

In a comment from the FHL on Facebook they simply said “Our marketing team is waiting on the final verdict about the game”. With an official decision coming, Under Review will keep you posted as more information is given.

 

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The incident occurred after Thunderbirds Head Coach Andre Niec, who was playing on a celebrity contract for one game, scored a controversial goal.

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41 minutes ago, JMC-STL said:

:wth:

Welcome to the FHL, where the rules are made, and the points don’t matter.

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47 minutes ago, JMC-STL said:

:wth:

I cant remember if other FHL teams have done this this season, but Niec, isn't the first person who signed a "celebrity contract" with Carolina. Just go look at their transactions. These "celebrity contracts" are good for one game for each celebrity.

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I know its Bus League, but if true......could be bad.

 

https://busleaguehockey.com/2019/03/10/report-officiating-supervisor-pulls-refs-from-all-remaining-fhl-games/

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REPORT: Officiating supervisor pulls refs from all remaining FHL games

The hockey world has its eyes on the Federal Hockey League tonight, and for all the wrong reasons following this afternoon’s disgrace of a “game” between the Elmira Enforcers and Carolina Thunderbirds.

In case you hadn’t heard, here’s the brief version of what we have been told from multiple sources, including some who were in the arena: The Thunderbirds were awarded a controversial goal when their coach Andre Niec, who was suited up for the game, deflected a shot that hit the corner of the net or post, and was awarded a goal.

Long story, short, the fans and Elmira bench went ballistic, and when the officials came off at the end of the first period, Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols, spotted in a bright green jacket, allegedly two-hand shoved one of the officials in the chest as he stepped off the ice, forcing the ref back onto the ice. The official eventually got off the ice, when Nichols then chased him back onto the ice from the tunnels in the arena, where the officials then made a phone call, and then decided to call the game. Oh, and the official who was shoved is reportedly a cop.

Well, the first shoe to drop in all of this occurred tonight, because as we were chatting with someone in the arena about what they saw, we were sent a message from a league source who said that the officiating supervisor has pulled all refs from FHL games for the rest of the season, meaning that at the moment, the FHL does not have refs for this weekend’s games.

“(The Supervisor) made a smart call, to protect his staff and send a message that this isn’t OK,” our source said of the decision. “So there is a big problem come next weekend. It wasn’t always like this, but if management doesn’t demand coaches respect officials, and coaches don’t demand that their players respect officials, you will have the chaos that erupted today.”

This bit of news was then confirmed by a second source within the FHL, who said the solution going forward may be for the teams to find and pay for their own refs at home games.

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So if you thought the FHL officiating was not good before, and that was with guys who do the league nearly full-time, just wait until you potentially have local men’s league guys having to call games. This could get really, really bad.

The league’s next games are scheduled for Friday night, with all six teams in action, with Port Huron, Watertown, and Carolina as the home teams.

So the FHL has four days to try and sort out this mess, but the fallout from this afternoon’s debacle has already started.

We’ll keep you updated as this situation develops.

 

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5 hours ago, RapidFire19 said:

I know its Bus League, but if true......could be bad ...

To their recent credit, the Bus League blogger team does seem to have established a network of credible contacts within the minor pro hockey community.  They're just a bit rough around the edges.  Kinda like this place.  :dontgetit:

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Also the BLH writeup has been updated with a screenshot of the email calling for the refs to quit 😲 this is an absolute mess.

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2 hours ago, JMC-STL said:

To their recent credit, the Bus League blogger team does seem to have established a network of credible contacts within the minor pro hockey community.  They're just a bit rough around the edges.  Kinda like this place.  :dontgetit:

I’d agree with that if you replaced the word “credible” with something less, well, credible. 

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21 minutes ago, MacGuy said:

I’d agree with that if you replaced the word “credible” with something less, well, credible. 

Would you prefer incredible?

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Works for me:

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in·cred·i·ble
/inˈkredəb(ə)l/
adjective
1. impossible to believe.
2. difficult to believe; extraordinary.

 

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This very well could be the end of the league.  Would be nice if the Winston-Salem and Elmira have proven that the markets are viable.

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44 minutes ago, RallyRabbit said:

This very well could be the end of the league.  Would be nice if the Winston-Salem and Elmira have proven that the markets are viable.

The FHL hasn't used up all nine of its stray cat lives yet.  They'll survive this.  To their distinct advantage, they have very little (if any) reputation left to protect.

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48 minutes ago, JMC-STL said:

The FHL hasn't used up all nine of its stray cat lives yet.  They'll survive this.  To their distinct advantage, they have very little (if any) reputation left to protect.

This is the visual representation of the FHL:

https://i.imgur.com/FPrM4o6.gifv

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1 hour ago, RallyRabbit said:

This very well could be the end of the league.  Would be nice if the Winston-Salem and Elmira have proven that the markets are viable.

Winston-Salem used to have an SPHL franchise.  It was a marginal market though probably somewhat more stable now.  Elmira would not be able to support a team with that sort of budget.

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3 hours ago, AuburnAL said:

Winston-Salem used to have an SPHL franchise.  It was a marginal market though probably somewhat more stable now.  

We've discussed W-S and the SPHL ad nauseum in several threads. :sick:

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http://www.weny.com/story/40106376/update-elmira-police-release-more-information-regarding-incident-at-first-arena-update?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WENY_TV_News

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UPDATE: Elmira Police release more information regarding incident at First Arena

Monday, March 11th 2019, 4:21 PM EDT by Caitlin Murphy

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Elmira Police Department has released more information regarding the incident that happened at Sunday's Enforcers game.

According to police, around 5:00 in the evening, officers were called to the First Arena for a report of a disturbance involving game officials and management for the Enforcers.

Upon arrival, police say they were met by an unruly crowd complaining of “inconsistent performance” by referees.

Once the crowd was dispersed, officers say they were directed to a locker room, where they interviewed referees and team management, who were involved in a rink-side dispute.

Following the interviews, EPD officers obtained statements from some of the parties involved. Police also say no one was hurt or injured nor were any injuries reported.

Due to the incident, Federal Hockey League Officials suspended play and the game was canceled.

Additionally, EPD says after further conversation with those involved, the matter “is closed upon their request and requires nothing more at this time”.

Though he was not named in the police report, in an email, FHL Referee In-Chief Eugene Binda said Enforcers Owner Robbie Nichols was involved in the altercation. Additionally, he said one referee had been pushed and the other had his shirt torn. Citing the incident, Binda pulled referees from all scheduled FHL games.

 

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15 minutes ago, PlannedObsolescence said:

We've discussed W-S and the SPHL ad nauseum in several threads. :sick:

And this situation adds another tangent to the equation.

Now that Winston-Salem has done well in the F(*d-up)HL, does what occurred this weekend now bring in to play the possibility that they seek an out and join with the SPHL? While attendance there is below what it has been for an SPHL average, considering their past history in the SPHL, they have better attendance #s now.

Does the FHL indeed suffer irreparable damage from this, or will they kiss & make up with the officiating?

STILL...no official word from the league about this. Very telling...

 

11 minutes ago, PlannedObsolescence said:

Cover up??? Additionally, EPD says after further conversation with those involved, the matter “is closed upon their request and requires nothing more at this time”.

Probably more like "We refuse to press charges and will treat this as a civil dispute".

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