The consequences of last Saturday’s benches-clearing ECHL brawl came to fruition Friday.
Fifteen individuals – including both head coaches – and both the Florida Everblades and Reading Royals organizations received supplemental discipline from the league.
Former Reign assistant coach Greg Poss, now the Everblades’ head coach, was suspended for Friday night’s game against the Kalamazoo Wings. Former Reign defenseman Mike Egener, now the Everblades’ captain, was suspended three games – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Both were fined undisclosed amounts by the league.
I was able to find one video of the brawl on YouTube. The quality is poor and it’s five minutes long:
Woody Wommack, friend of this blog and Florida Everblades beat writer, has the reaction on NaplesNews.com:
“I have a different opinion than the league,” Poss said. “When our guy gets hit over the head with a stick off the bench; they started the whole thing, why do we get so many games?”
Poss added that the entire experience surrounding the brawl may lead to him handling things differently in the future.
“It’s going to lead to us protecting ourselves we’re not going to wait for the league to protect us because they’re not going to do it,” Poss said. “We’re going to have to take matters into our own hands. Next time, maybe the right thing to do is to clear the bench.”