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Chaos Ensues In Thunderbirds, Enforcers Game

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43 minutes ago, Speedracer said:

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.

Indeed, they are doing better than 4 SPHL teams, currently.

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1 hour ago, Speedracer said:

 

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...

If I remember correctly the FHL and Winston-Salem are owned by the same individual which obviously complicates things.

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11 hours ago, AuburnAL said:

If I remember correctly the FHL and Winston-Salem are owned by the same individual which obviously complicates things.

Actually they are not.  Soskin outright owns Port Huron and Danville and is partial owner with 3 others for Winston-Salem.  One of the owners also owns Mentor.  Watertown is owned by IHL which is owned by Kirnan, who also is majority owner and runs the FHL.  Emira is independent.

Now with that said, Soskin may own, but Scott Brand is the true person that runs the Thunderbirds.  And Brand really knows what he is doing as far as entertainment goes and putting on an event for fans that isn't just a hockey game.

 

This won't kill the FHL necessarily. But I have to think this really hurts the image for expansion.  Elmira and Winston were really the role models.  And to have this crap happen is very amateurish.

 

Also FWIW, I do not like the celebrity contracts.  Thunderbirds have done 3 this year.  Most other teams have done at least 1.  Elmira signed a lady goalie for 1 game a few weeks ago.

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11 hours ago, AuburnAL said:

Becky Lynch making Wrestlemania is the only comparable story in sports right now.

Wrestlemania is NOT "sports"..........but then, neither is the FHL..........now I forget where I was going with this..........  :unsure:

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COMMISSIONER ADDRESSES INCIDENT AT FIRST ARENA

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Syracuse, NY - The Federal Hockey League is fully aware of the situation that occurred on Sunday afternoon in game number 141 between the Carolina Thunderbirds visiting the Elmira Enforcers at First Arena. We are currently investigating the actions of several participants in the incident and gathering information. Once the investigation is completed, we will assess the proper disciplinary measures. 

We understand the severity and gravity of what has transpired, and know that with any decision made we must keep in mind the safety of our players, coaches, fans, and especially our officials. We appreciate all the passion from our fans for the game and the concerns of what has happened. Make no mistake, this has given our sport a black eye, and as a league we must try and find a way to rectify this unfortunate situation. 

We want to thank former Director of Officiating Eugene Binda for his 10 years of service to the Federal Hockey League. His service has been invaluable to our growth and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. We respect his decision to move in a different direction and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Our games will continued to be played and we as a league will strive to put quality officials on the ice.

 The Federal Hockey League has been working very closely with the Elmira Police Department throughout the incident. They have wrapped up their investigation and no further action will be taken. 

Sincerely, 

Donald Kirnan 

Commissioner

 

Ya THINK they're fully aware?

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Team owners fight refs before the puck drops to determine winner in event of a tie game!  This is the rule we both need and deserve!

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Nicholls shoves the ref (arms crossed chest bump) and the linesman (correctly) comes in and shoves his ass back, then Nicholls rips the linesman's shirt off. He could've been a deranged fan for all they knew (not that he's not deranged already).

He had the audacity to say he was shoved, well, hell yeah when you get in their way and act like an ass, you're gonna get shoved. Dumbass should be banned from the league for this.

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Make no mistake, this has given our sport a black eye, and as a league we must try and find a way to rectify this unfortunate situation.

What the North American hockey hierarchy - from the NHL on down - should do is issue a joint statement officially shunning the FHL and its criminally insane leadership element.  Make it clear that their behavior is neither condoned nor will it be tolerated by virtue of any further business relationships with the FHL.  Anything short of a group declaration from the hockey community at large will continue the general public opinion that ice hockey is organized & played by a bunch of goons.

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https://www.mytwintiers.com/news/enforcers-game-suspended-after-owner-confronts-officials/1838890091

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BREAKING: Robbie Nichols fined $25K, video obtained by 18 News

 

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - UPDATE: 18 Sports Director Andy Malnoske confirmed with FHL Commissioner Don Kirnan that Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols has been fined $25,000 for his role in Sunday's altercation with an on-ice official.

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UPDATE: 18 News has exclusively obtained video taken inside First Arena Sunday night showing the altercation between Elmira Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols and on-ice officials.

The video was obtained from a former FHL supervisor.

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UPDATE: The Federal Hockey League has released the following statement regarding Sunday's altercation involving Elmira Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols and the on-ice officials, which in part says they will assess disciplinary measures once the investigation is complete and that games will continue.

The Federal Prospects Hockey League is fully aware of the situation that occurred on Sunday Night in league game number 141 between the Carolina Thunderbirds visiting the Elmira Enforcers at First Arena. We are investigating the actions of several participants from that game and are currently gathering information. Once the investigation is completed, we will assess the proper disciplinary measures.

We understand the severity and gravity of what has transpired. We know that with any decision made we must keep in mind the safety of our players, coaches, fans and especially our game officials. We appreciate all our fans passion for our game and the concerns of what has happened. Make no mistake, we gave our sport a black eye. As a league we must try and find a way to rectify this unfortunate situation.

We also want to thank former Director of Officiating Eugene Binda for his 10+ years of service to the Federal Hockey League. His service to our league has been invaluable to our growth and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. We respect his decision to move in a different direction and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Our games will continued to be played and we as a league will strive to put quality officials on the ice.

The Federal Prospects Hockey League has been working very closely with the Elmira Police Department. They have wrapped up their investigation and no further action will be taken.

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UPDATE: The Elmira Police Department confirms to 18 News that they were called to First Arena following the altercation between Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols and on-ice officials.

Police took written statements from the parties involved and confirmed there were no injuries.

A Snapchat video from inside the Carolina Thunderbird's locker room showed police on the scene.

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UPDATE: The Elmira Enforcers will honor tickets from Sunday afternoon's canceled game on either Wednesday against the New York Fire Department hockey team or Saturday against Watertown.

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The Elmira Enforcers game Sunday afternoon was suspended after one period after a controversial goal led to an on-ice altercation between Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols and the on-ice officials.

With the Enforcers and Carolina Thunderbirds tied at one goal apiece Carolina head coach/player Andre Niche scored a goal late in the first period. Replay in the arena showed the puck clearly did not cross the line, but the game continued under controversy.

At the end of the period the video board replayed the Niche goal and sparks began to fly from the Enforcers bench. As the team left the ice, owner Robbie Nichols stood in the way of the officials and did not allow them off the surface.

Nichols then confronted the referee and was held back as he swung his arms. 

The officials stayed on the ice and made a call from a cellphone as Nichols patroled the tunnel with a cellphone of his own. 

The on-ice officials left the building after the confrontation and the game was suspended when neither team returned to the ice for the second period.

There is no word on when or where the game will be continued between the top two teams in the Federal Hockey League.

The Enforcers players did return to the ice for the post-game "Skate with the Enforcers" promotion.

Elmira was one win away from clinching a playoff berth in their inaugural season after dropping the first two games of the home series to Carolina.

 

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26 minutes ago, Speedracer said:

nichollsref.gif

The cameraman's probably gonna get fired because of this.

Robbie didn't have that snazzy fluorescent green jacket when me 'n' Mrs. JMC saw Elmira play their inaugural games in Danville last fall.  It must've made conditions a lot easier for that cameraman to focus on the post-horn action.

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23 minutes ago, PlannedObsolescence said:

Why is the safety of the officials so special? EVERYONE (not just "especially our officials") should be afforded safety and security at the arenas.

"we must keep in mind the safety of our players, coaches, fans, and especially our officials."

I don't know how it is in your arena, but In know that Knoxville has police stationed at the exits for both away team and officials when they leave the ice, that's standard protocol. How the FHL couldn't make that a rule is beyond me. Just common sense nowadays.

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25 minutes ago, Speedracer said:

... Knoxville has police stationed at the exits for both away team and officials when they leave the ice, that's standard protocol. How the FHL couldn't make that a rule is beyond me. Just common sense nowadays.

Think: $$$

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