Commissioner Addresses Incident at First Arena

Syracuse, NY - The Federal Hockey League is fully aware of the situation that occurred on Sunday afternoon in game number 141 between the Carolina Thunderbirds and the Elmira Enforcers at First Arena. We are currently investigating the actions of several participants in the incident and gathering information. Once the investigation is completed, we will assess the proper disciplinary measures.

We understand the severity and gravity of what has transpired, and know that with any decision made we must keep in mind the safety of our players, coaches, fans, and especially our officials. We appreciate all the passion from our fans for the game and the concerns of what has happened. Make no mistake, this has given our sport a black eye, and as a league we must try and find a way to rectify this unfortunate situation. 

We want to thank former Director of Officiating Eugene Binda for his 10 years of service to the Federal Hockey League. His work has been invaluable to our growth and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. We respect his decision to move in a different direction and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. All scheduled games will continue to be played and we as a league will strive to put quality officials on the ice.

The FHL has worked very closely with the Elmira Police Department throughout the incident. They have wrapped up their investigation and no further action will be taken. Attached is a copy of the official police report. 

Sincerely,
Donald Kirnan
Commissioner