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Disciplinary Panels to monitor players in Sochi

30.01.2014
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The IIHF Disciplinary Panels will be responsible for supplemental player discipline at the Games. Photo: Matthew Manor / HHOF-IIHF Images

ZURICH – The IIHF has appointed the Disciplinary Panels for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will oversee all disciplinary measures in the men’s and women’s tournaments.

The men’s competition will be monitored by two panel representatives of the IIHF: Franz Reindl and Valeri Kamenski, and two from the National Hockey League: Stephane Quintal and Kay Whitmore.  

Reindl, who will act as the men's panel chairman, is the General Secretary of the German Ice Hockey Association. Since 1998 he has been a member of various committees within the IIHF, most notably the Competition Committee. During his hockey career, Reindl played 669 Bundesliga games for his home club SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen and SB Rosenheim, scoring 423 goals. As player, coach and manager he participated at 28 World Championships and nine Olympic Tournaments.

Reindl will be assisted by Disciplinary Panel members Kamenski, Quintal, and Whitmore. Kamenski, a Russian hockey legend, Olympic champion, three-time World Championship gold medal winner and Stanley Cup winner with Colorado in 1996, now serves as a member of the board of directors of the Kontinental Hockey League and is the league’s Sporting-Disciplinary Committee Chairman.

Former NHLer Stephane Quintal, who played in more than 1,000 games in a 16-year career, joined the NHL’s Department of Player Safety in 2011. The Department of Player Safety looks at rules that can better protect players, safety issues related to players' equipment and the playing environment, and the administration of supplemental player discipline.

Kay Whitmore is the NHL's senior manager of hockey operations and goaltending equipment. A former goaltender who logged over 150 NHL games, following his retirement Whitmore has been involved with the league since 2004. Maria Dennis of the National Hockey League Players’ Association will be in Sochi to act as an observer in disciplinary cases involving NHL players.

The Women’s Competition Disciplinary Panel will be chaired by Hans Dobida of the IIHF Strategic Consulting Group. Ashley Ehlert, IIHF Disciplinary Committee secretary, will serve as secretary on the men’s and women’s panels, while IIHF Sport Manager Aku Nieminen will assist with disciplinary issues.

The Chairmen of the Disciplinary Panel shall have exclusive right to initiate disciplinary proceedings concerning violations of the IIHF Official Playing Rules. The Championship Disciplinary Panel shall automatically review all violations sanctioned with a game misconduct or match penalty. As required in IIHF Disciplinary Regulations, any player or team official punished with a Match penalty shall automatically receive a one-game suspension.

In the case of a Disciplinary violation, the Panel will conduct an official Disciplinary Review. If any subsequent disciplinary action is to be considered, the Panel will subsequently hold a hearing with the player and/or a team representative, following which the Panel will make a decision on any subsequent disciplinary action.

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