MIAC to look into forming an incident review committee

In response to an on-ice incident at a MIAC men’s hockey game on Oct. 27, in which a Bethel University player was hit from behind into the boards, the MIAC athletic directors agreed at their meeting on Nov. 13, to place on the agenda at their March meeting the possibility of forming an Incident Review Committee. This group would determine if additional suspensions are warranted following incidents at MIAC sporting events. Currently there is no committee that can administer additional suspensions to a coach or player. 

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A call for change to MIAC discipline policy

By Doug Johnson
Let’s Play Hockey

An on-ice incident occurred on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fogerty Arena in Blaine during a MIAC Men’s Hockey Showcase game between Bethel and St. Mary’s. At the 11:20 mark of the second period, St. Mary’s forward Mike Hill was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a five-minute major for a check from behind plus a game disqualification for a hit which looked to be precipitated by a questionable check just seconds earlier.

The Bethel player, Garrett Windle, lay motionless on the ice with no feeling in his legs. He was rushed to the hospital and was released the next day. He did suffer head and neck injuries and it is undetermined when he may return to action. The St. Mary’s player also had to sit out their next game for receiving a game disqualification penalty.

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Scott Steffen resigns as Hamline men’s hockey coach

Scott Steffen has resigned as head men’s hockey coach at Hamline University. Steffen, who was hired in late July 2011 when his predecessor suddenly resigned, guided the Pipers to 10 wins and a MIAC playoff spot this past season, his first as a head coach.

Steffen said he is resigning to return to his private business enterprises.

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