LAFAYETTE — Louisiana IceGators left wing Tyler Barr was suspended by the SPHL for the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday.
Coach Drew Omicioli indicated in a text message that the team was appealing the suspension and, because it was in the appeals process, he could not discuss the suspension or corresponding roster moves.
Barr was given a minor penalty for charging and a major penalty for game misconduct Sunday after he speared Peoria’s Alec Hagaman while Hagaman was in a defenseless position on the ice.
Spearing is when a player uses his stick to poke or stab at an opponent. Hagaman was knocked to the ice by Barr, and Barr caught him under the chin with the blade of his stick while Hagaman was on his knees.
“Mr. Barr’s actions in this game, along with his previous history that has resulted in three other suspensions this season, show a continued lack of respect and complete disregard for the safety of his opponents,” SPHL vice president Doug Price said in a statement. “As such, Mr. Barr has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.”
Sunday’s game, a 6-2 Louisiana loss, was Barr’s first after a five-game suspension for cross checking.
Barr did not score a goal and had four assists in 37 games this season. Including this season, he has led the team in penalty minutes each of the past three seasons.
At 16-18-3, the IceGators are seventh in the nine-team SPHL.