SPHL player suspended for remainder of season after spearing opponent in the face

The SPHL suspended Louisiana winger Tyler Barr for the remainder of the season after he speared an opponent in the face. It was Barr’s first game back from a five-game suspension and this is the fourth time he’s been suspended this season.

The SPHL seems to have seen enough of Louisiana IceGators winger Tyler Barr, and he won’t be back on the ice in 2015-16.

Barr, 27, was involved in a vicious spearing incident Sunday when he used his stick to jab a downed opponent in the face. During a contest against the Peoria Rivermen, Barr was backchecking when he charged the Rivermen’s Alec Hagaman. After being knocked to the ice, Hagaman was on his knees facing Barr, who took his stick to strike Hagaman in the face:

Barr was given a minor penalty for charging, major for spearing and a game misconduct, all of which added up to the league banning Barr for the remaining 19 games of the IceGators’ season. And while that may sound like the league came down hard on Barr, consider that this is the fourth time — yes, fourth — that he’s been suspended in the past 82 days and was in his first game back from a five-game suspension for cross-checking.

“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.”

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Barr’s three prior suspensions included a two-game ban for his involvement in a brawl, a one-game suspension for a slashing incident and the aforementioned five-game ban for cross-checking.

In total, Barr will have spent 27 games on the sidelines this season due to suspension, which is mind-blowing considering he has only played in 29 games. In his appearances with the IceGators this season, Barr has racked up 135 penalty minutes and four assists. In his SPHL career, Barr has skated in 189 games and has amassed an eye-popping 768 penalty minutes. To put that into context, he’s almost fifth all-time in penalty minutes.

Barr has bounced around North American minor leagues for much of his professional career. In the seven seasons since he ended his junior career, Barr has played for the SPHL’s IceGators and Pensacola Ice Flyers, ECHL’s Allen Americans, CHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, Texas Brahmas, St. Charles Chill and FHL’s New Jersey Outlaws. Over his 276 minor-league games, Barr has 1,167 penalty minutes.

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