Fundamental Rules


  1. The EBEL/AHL Disciplinary Senate will generally determine penalties by a ruling based on the available documentation. If considered necessary, it is at the discretion of the EBEL/AHL Disciplinary Senate, to conduct an oral hearing and gathering of evidence.

    1. Especially TV-footage and Video-Footage, the referee’s view or alternatively the view of an EBEL/AHL Supervisor and Game-Delegate (if present) is generally considered evidence. Whether this evidence is considered conclusive for the relevant cause will be decided by the EBEL/AHL Disciplinary Senate at its’ own obligatory discretion. 

    2. Verdict for “On-Ice Situations” | Department of Player Safety

      The Director of Hockey Operations will investigate first and will determine whether an additional suspension is deemed necessary. 

      In cases when an additional suspension (not an automatic suspension) is deemed necessary, the respective the means of evidence will be sent to the members of the Player Safety Committee (PSC). After receiving the judgment of the international PSC-Members the decision will be sent out by the Director of Hockey Operations. An appeal process is possible against this decision. A detailed description of the appeal process is specified under § 5 (3). A detailed description of the procedure “DOPS” | “PSC” can be found in Appendix A). 

    3. A standardized Justification of the verdict is sufficient. The Verdict must contain a decision on the costs.

    4. A founded appeal can be filed against the verdict of EBEL/AHL justice commission off-ice with simultaneously transmission of proof of payment (E-Banking receipt) of an appeal fee of € 5.000 (per case) and flat-rate arbitration costs of € 2.000 (per case) until two days, 12:00 noon after delivery date, which has to be sent by E-Mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to +43 / (0)1 / 890 17 54 – 12. The arbitration court of AHL will decide on the appeal (§13 statutes). 

  2. Should the original provision remain unconfirmed, or, if an imposition of sanctions is deemed unnecessary, the EBEL/AHL Disciplinary Senate will dismiss the charges. There are no legal means against this decisions.

  3. The EBEL/AHL Justice commission acts as the court of appeal for DOPS-Decisions. An appeal process against DOPS-Decisions (“ON-ICE” decisions) is possible under the following conditions:

    1. The appeal has to be sent in within a time limit from 12:00 o´clock of the next day after receiving the decision by DOPS with a written explanatory statement.

    2. An appeal is only possible by the affected party.

    3. The appeal condition is the payment of the appeal fee of EUR 2.500,- until 12 o´clock of the day after the DOPS-Decision. Simultaneously a proof of payment (E-Banking receipt) has to be sent.

    4. An appeal is only possible for DOPS-Decisions beginning with a 2 game suspension.

    5. DOPS has to send the appeal with a statement immediately to the Justice commission.

    6. The decision of the court of appeal is prior based on videos and reports.

    7. The court of appeal can ask for feedback from the international Hockey-Specialists.

    8. The court of appeal can raise and reduce sanctions.

    9. An appeal has no penalty postponing effects.

The court of appeal decides within 48 hours after the end of the appeal deadline and not earlier than before the end of the DOPS-decision following league-game.

There are no further legal means against the appeal decision of the EBEL justice commission as court of appeal for DOPS decisions.