I - Disciplinary MeasuresHOT


  1. Disciplinary Measures

    For AHL see Appendix A

    For EBYSL/EBJL see Appendix B ad3)

    The following disciplinary measures may be imposed on clubs:

    • Warning

    • reprimand

    • fine

    • annulment of game results

    • order the game to be replayed

    • deduction of points

    • order the game to be declared forfeited

    • playing a game behind closed doors

    • prohibition of registering new players in the EBEL competition

    • restriction on the number of players that a participating club may register for EBEL competition

    • exclusion from future EBEL games and withdrawal of title or award

A fine shall be no less than € 250 and no more than € 500,000. Any fine not paid within 30 days of the final decision implementing such fine shall accrue interest in the rate of 7.5% monthly. EBEL reserves the right to deduct amount from any open payments due to the clubs by EBEL.

The disciplinary measure may be imposed individually or in combination with any other disciplinary measure. The following sanctions may apply (all amounts in €):

Game suspension / sanction 100 - 5,000
Failure to comply with orders from the EBEL 250 - 10,000
Failure to comply with implementations according to
guidelines provided for EBEL game center
1,000 - 25,000
Failure to provide the required internet connections in
the specified form in the required locations
1,000 - 5,000
Violations of uniform obligations 1,000 - 5,000
Violations against EBEL Fundamental Rules 250 - 25,000
Violations of EBEL Procedural Regulations 250 - 25,000
Violation of EBEL case book rules 250 - 10,000
Violation of EBEL goalkeeper procedures 250 - 5,000
Unusable or unavailable video goal judge system 500 - 25,000
Violation of statistic provider regulations 500 - 20,000
Violations against integrity of league and officials 500 - 25,000

The following disciplinary measures may be imposed on individuals (players, coaches, team staff, etc.):

  • warning

  • reprimand

  • fine

  • suspension from all ice hockey activity associated with the EBEL for a specified number of games or for a specified period of time

  • suspension from carrying out a specific function for a specified number of games or for a specified period of time

  • withdrawal of accreditation

  • arena ban and

  • withdrawal of a title or award.

A fine shall be no less than € 100 and no more than € 25,000. Any fine not paid within 30 days of the final decision implementing such fine shall accrue interest in the rate of 7.5% monthly. EBEL reserves the right to deduct amount from any open payments due to the clubs by EBEL.

All disciplinary measures may be imposed individually or in combination with any other disciplinary measure. The following sanctions may apply (all amounts in €):

Game suspension / sanction 100 - 5,000
Failure to comply with orders from the EBEL 250 - 10,000
Violations of uniform obligations 1,000 - 5,000
Violations against EBEL Fundamental Rules 250 - 10,000
Violations of EBEL Procedural Regulations 250 - 10,000
Violation of EBEL case book rules  250 - 5,000
Violation of EBEL goalkeeper procedures 250 - 5,000
Violations against integrity of league and officials 500 - 25,000
Head coach/players for not attending mandatory events 500 - 5,000
Violations of club manual obligations 500 - 10,000
Non-sportsmanlike conduct in general on and off the ice 500 - 10,000
  1. Automatic Suspensions

    Should a player or official be penalized with a match penalty or a second game misconduct penalty anytime during the EBEL season (that did not carry an additional suspension issued through DOPS), that player or official will be suspended automatically for the ensuing EBEL game. The same applies should a player or official be penalized with the fourth, sixth, etc. game misconduct.

    If a player is assessed a game misconduct penalty because he received a second misconduct penalty in the same game, then only the game misconduct penalty will count in the calculation.

    Should a player or official be penalized with a match penalty or game misconduct penalty in a EBEL game, where the penalty was called in error or not conforming to EBEL rules and there is a unanimous decision by the EBEL PSC, the causing the automatic suspension can be rescinded

    EBEL play-offs: the EBEL regular season automatic game suspensions are reset to zero (0) at the start of the EBEL play-offs.

    The range of punishment (game and fee-penalties) for additional penalties is laid down in the EBEL Penalty catalogue. The observation period for previous penalties or fines is retroactive 24 month from the date of the penalty or fine (e.g. 14.12.2014 – 14.12.2016). If during this period a penalty or fine has been imposed, the penalty or fine, increase by 50% to total 150%. If during this period more than one penalty or fine has been imposed, the penalty or fine, increase by 100% to total 200%.

    In cases where a player or coach changes to another EBEL-Club or a foreign club, the unenforced remainder of the penalty will be suspended and must be served before the player or coach can resume activities with a domestic EBEL/AHL/EBYSL+EBJL club. 

    A suspension given within any of the EBEL affiliated Leagues, inclusive of EBEL, AHL, EBYSL or EBJL, must be served in its entirety based on the suspended games within the League in which the suspension occurred.  A suspended player or coach is not permitted to participate in the EBEL or its affiliate Leagues until the suspension is served in its entirety, based on the League in which the suspension occurred.

    Relevant Investigations start after the end of the period of notification, with the goal set to finalize the proceedings, including the verdict until 24:00 of the day following the game but at the latest 10 o´clock of the next game day. Investigations of serious nature can be put "under review" until DOPS/PSC have sufficient time to adequately review the case pending with no maximum time frame. For EBYSL/EBJL see Appendix B ad4)

  2. Suspended Sanction

    All disciplinary measures may be suspended by the respective disciplinary board issuing the sanction except for:

    • warning

    • reprimand and

    • ban on ice hockey related activity in accordance with the WADA code

A probationary period as a result of a suspended sanction shall be a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances or suspended if the disciplinary party temporarily leaves the EBEL’s jurisdiction.

If a further offense/violation is committed during the probationary period, the competent disciplinary board, as a rule, will order the original sanction to be executed. This may be added to the disciplinary measure imposed for the second offense.

  1. Aggravating and Mitigating Factors

    Aggravating factors which may be considered by the disciplinary board shall include (without limitation and where applicable):

    • a failure to cooperate with any investigation or request for information

    • previous disciplinary history (24 months prior to date of violation), which would be considered the period of a ‘repeat offender’

    • a person/entity receiving or being due to receive a significant benefit in connection with the violation

    • the violation having affected, or having the potential to affect, the course or result of the EBEL competition

    • the person/entity to be sanctioned displaying a lack of remorse and

    • any other aggravating factor the disciplinary body deems relevant

  2. Determination of Sanctions

    The disciplinary board shall determine the type and extent of the disciplinary measure to be imposed according to the objective and subjective elements of the offense/violation, taking into consideration whether the offense/violation was minor, serious or gross and taking into consideration whether any aggravating or mitigating circumstances exist.

    When establishing whether an offense is minor, serious or gross, the following facts shall be taken into consideration: the importance of the provisions violated; the stature of the game; personal guilt or negligence, the consequences of the offense for persons affected directly or indirectly; negative effects on ice hockey; whether the offending party is a repeat offender or other unfavorable influences on the reputation of the EBEL.

    A player or a coach who has a pending EBEL sanction and who transfers to another club (domestic or international) that is not part of the EBEL system before serving the full EBEL sanction, upon return to a participating club that is part of the EBEL system, shall be required to serve the remainder of his suspension before being allowed to participate in the EBEL competition.

    A participating club or league that is bound by a rule of conduct laid down in the EBEL Law may be subject to disciplinary measures if such a rule is violated as a result of the conduct of one of its members, players, officials or supporters and any other person exercising a function on behalf of the participating club or league concerned, even if the participating club or league concerned can provide the absence of any fault or negligence.