Well, didn’t think I’d return to writing anything on here because I have been too busy having a real life, however, tonight Iwas bored and decided to do some statistical analysis of this years EIHL DOPs output.
All of the info below has been taken from the youtube channel of the EIHL dept of player safety. If there are any inaccuracies, or I have missed 1 or 2 penalties, I apologise, but the trend appears to be quite interesting.
I have excluded the Grimaldi 18 game ban because that would totally skew the numbers, although they are already quite skewed anyway.
60 games worth of suspensions have been handed out so far this season.
7 of those games are to the “big 3” Belfast Nottingham and Sheffield.
That equates to 11.66% of the total game bans dished out, whilst those teams comprise 30% of the league.
43 of the 60 game suspensions have been given to Gardner conference teams, thats 72% to 50% of the league.
Are these teams 22% dirtier than their Erhardt rivals? I’m not convinced!
There were 2 videos at the start of the season explaining cases that they had looked at and kicked out requiring no further action, this was never continued after these initial 2 cases.
As far as individual penalties are concerned:
Checking to the head: A Steelers player received a 1 game ban for this offence, all other teams offenders got multiple games
A fight that escalates, and goes beyond where it should: Erhardt Teams: 1 game. Gardner teams: Multiple games
Despite one of the worst incidents of the above being the one Cardiff were involved in, that saw their bench coach also receive a 1 game ban.
High sticking: 2 incidents of further discipline. Erhardt team: 1 game. Gardner Team: 3 games.
Having watched both videos, I struggle to see why 1 offence merits 2 more games than the other.
No one knows how the DOPs system works, which is a reasonable position to take, as anonymity is beneficial in such a process, however, if there are as alleged 9 individuals, and a random 3 are picked, it does mean there is huge scope for inconsistent results.
The statistical facts above do not lie!