Hit to head lands Muir a three-game ban

Tommy Muir, Fife Flyers'Credit Steve Gunn
Tommy Muir, Fife Flyers'Credit Steve Gunn

Tommy Muir has become the first Fife Flyers’ player to fall foul of the new player safety review team.

He has been handed a three-game ban for a check made late in Sunday’s game against Dundee Stars, and will now miss this weekend’s games against Stars and Hull as well as one match next weekend.

The defenceman was handed a 2+10 penalty for checking to the head in a hit on Stars’ skipper Chris Blight in the closing minutes of the club’s 5-3 victory on Tayside.

Given the nature of the hit, it was almost certainly going to come under the scrutiny of the department of Player safety (DOPS), and today, it issued its own verdict.

It described his play as ‘‘reckless’’ as his elbow made contact with the head of the opposing player.

It noted there was no intent to play the puck and the hit should have been avoided.

It formally upgraded the 2+10 call to a 5+game.

Muir’s ban rules him out of the weekend double header, and with Flyers’ offering no public comment - the club only posted the link to the verdict - it’s safe to assume there will be no appeal.

In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s win, head coach, Todd Dutiaume, had no sympathy for his player on receiving the 2+10 call.

He said it was ‘‘his own fault’’ pointing out he could have made other plays and avoided any check at all.

Flyers are at home to Dundee Stars on Saturday and away to Hull Stingrays on Sunday.