Brad Jones, the IHL's vice president of hockey operations, characterized Tim Haun's actions as premeditated after assessing him a seven-game suspension for attempting to injure Port Huron's Derek Patrosso.
During the 2-0 loss to the Icehawks on Saturday, Haun took a baseball-style swing at Patrosso, setting off a melee that included a fight between Haun and goalie Larry Sterling.
"Prior to the match penalty being assessed, he had a conversation with the referee (Ryan Hutchison) and made a chopping motion," Jones said. "Based on the report from the referee, he was going to take matters into his own hands. It was a match penalty and a clear intent to injure, and this punishment was necessary.
"And I've read some (contrary) reports, so I want to make this clear: There was contact made (with Patrosso). It was not a swing and a miss. It was a baseball swing that made contact."