Sheffield Steelers forward Michael Davies insists he’s not a dirty player after receiving a six-game ban from DOPS.
The 32-year-old got involved in an altercation with Manchester Storm’s Mathieu Gagnon, but Davies’ actions leading up to and after the incident and his previous infractions meant a lengthy ban.
But, in an interview with Sheffield Star, he’s taking the ban on the chin and spoke of his relief he didn’t emerge from the incident with any head injuries.
“I am always going to bring the energy; that is how I play,” he said. “I’m not a dirty player and people might think that just because of the things that have gone on.
“But whenever someone gets their head bashed on the ice and already been through a fight, sometimes you don’t know what is going through your head.”
“I am going to help this team win, I am an energetic player and I just want to win a championship and I will do whatever it takes.
“It is just one of those things where I am just happy I didn’t have any brain damage.”
Davies’ six-game ban was accumulative, made up of a game for slew footing, three games for wiping blood on his opponent’s glove and another two as a repeat offender, from when he threw goal pegs into the crowd earlier in the season.
Gagnon also received a five-game ban for his part in the scrap, but Davies will miss some big games, including this Saturday’s contest with Cardiff Devils.