MHL Appeals Committee overturns decision on October 13th game between Valley and Amherst

Truro, Nova Scotia (October 24, 2018) – A win by the Amherst Ramblers in a regular season game on October 13th against the Valley Wildcats will be reinstated following a decision by the Maritime Hockey League (MHL) Appeals Committee (‘Committee’) this week.

The Ramblers were issued a suspension and fine on October 15th by League President Brian Whitehead regarding the use of an ineligible player, which Amherst appealed. On October 17th, the game in question was awarded to the Valley Wildcats by the President, which was also appealed.

The Committee upheld the latter appeal filed by Amherst and overturned the President’s decision to award the win to Valley. They further determined the fine and suspension will be reinstated until such a time as the appeal filed by the Ramblers on October 16th is held.

Due to a possible conflict of interest by members of the Committee, as the result of this hearing and decision, the remaining appeal will be forwarded to Hockey Nova Scotia for a decision. Should Hockey Nova Scotia not hear the appeal or rule there is no conflict of interest, the Committee will hear the original appeal by Amherst.

The Committee also recommended that a revised Player Registration Policy be presented to the Board of Governors at their January meeting to clarify the rules and sanctions.

James Faulkner
Director of Communications
Maritime Hockey League