Elite League to hold emergency meeting to address player safety as Colton Fretter’s ban is increased


The Elite League will hold an emergency board meeting next month of the address the future of refereeing and player safety after Colton Fretter’s ban was increased.

The Sheffield Steelers’ forward was initially banned for one match for a dangerous charge from behind to Belfast’s Spiro Goulakos.

The length of the ban drew negative headlines in the UK and North America with outlets such as ESPN commenting on its leniency.

Fretter’s suspension has been increased to six games with Goulakos banned for two matches, not three, for kicking out Fretter with his skate.

The Elite League hired Lyle Seitz, a former NHL linesman, along with members of the Player Safety Committee (PSC), a global body established for overseeing player safety and discipline for a number of leagues throughout the hockey world.

Seitz, along with the PSC, will review other incidents in the interim until the EIHL meet on November 8 for an emergency board meeting to discuss the Department of Player Saftety (DOPS) and refereeing.

A League statement added: “Further to this, the Elite Ice Hockey League have removed Simon Kirkham as head of the Department of Player Safety with immediate effect.”



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