From The FPHL Department of Player Safety

Binghamton, NY – Danbury Hat Tricks forward Daniel Amesbury has been suspended for One game, for an Aggressor Game Misconduct Penalty during FPHL Game No. 5 in Danbury, CT on Friday, Oct. 20th, the Federal Prospects Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 03:08 of the second period. Amesbury was assessed a Game Misconduct for an Aggressor penalty.

FPHL Director of Player Safety Dave Jackson stated, “This penalty was listed as a match for attempt to injure on the scoresheet, postgame. This incident does not rise to the level of a match penalty and should remain an Aggressor penalty as originally called. In this particular incident the opposing player did not appear to want to engage in a fight. The sucker punch rule does not apply here because the opposing player knew or should have known that the punch was coming. Having said that, this does not give Mr. Amesbury the right to unilaterally punch an opponent in the face who is unwilling to drop his gloves and fight. This is not something that the referee can simply call 2 minutes for roughing. The referee has no choice but to assess a major for fighting and a Game Misconduct for Aggressor. Mr. Amesbury has no previous Aggressor penalties in the last 12 months so he does not fall under the repeat offender category. He will be suspended for ONE (1) GAME”

The FPHL is a Single-A Minor Professional hockey league operating in its 14th season during 2023-24.