Edinburgh Capitals received a boost ahead of tomorrow’s home game with Cardiff Devils with success in their appeal against the ten-game suspension of tough Canadian forward Riley Emmerson.
The hefty ban was initially handed out for a hit by Emmerson on Belfast Giants defenceman Kevin Phillips in Edinburgh’s opening game of the season. League officials wished to review the play following news that Phillips had sustained a suspected concussion. However, Capitals backroom staff failed to provide video footage of the incident due to a technical fault.
A statement issued by the Elite League’s Department of Player Safety said: “After the meeting of the Elite League appeals committee, the ten-game ban for Edinburgh Capitals forward Riley Emmerson has been reduced to three matches.
“Edinburgh provided the committee with written statements regarding the missing video footage and have shown it was because of technical issues.
“The committee also took into account the new evidence regarding the severity of the injury sustained by Belfast Giants defenceman Kevin Phillips, after he played in games last weekend.
“Emmerson has already served his three matches, so is free to return to action this weekend.”