Komets forward Brad MacMillan received a one-game suspension for hitting Bloomington's Matthew Spiller with his own helmet during a fight Sunday night, after Spiller's helmet inadvertently got caught on MacMillan's finger.
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"Yeah, I'm OK with this. I had a good conversation with (league disciplinarian) Brad Jones. He explained the ruling and he felt it wasn't intentional. The punishment fits the crime," said MacMillan, who recently served a 15-game suspension for leaving the penalty box to fight and being overly physical with a linesman.
"The way it's written (with a match penalty for intent to injure), it called for me to get at least one game, whether it's intentional or not. I'm not enthusiastic about having to sit a game. But it could have been worse. Brad Jones understands the game. He played the game. So I'm satisfied with the ruling and we'll move on."
When Jones, the IHL's vice-president of hockey operations, tried to decide what was the appropriate punishment for Brad MacMillan, he looked to the past.
In 2004, the Flint Generals' Chad Grills received a two-game suspension for nearly the same thing.
"It was fairly similar but there was more intent with that incident," Jones said. "I had a good talk with Brad about this. It was an unfortunate incident. Nothing was intentional about what Brad did. But he did hit him -- contact was made -- and I had to address that."
Personally, I think the IHL got this call absolutely correct. If Jones had given MacMillan more, it would have been judging the person and not the incident.
Jones is not like that. He's extremely thorough with all his rulings, tries to be consistent, and I usually agree. Sometimes I wish the suspensions would be a little swifter, but that's more clerical than anything.