The International Ice Hockey Federation has issued two suspensions – both to Team Switzerland – after the first day of action at the 2016 World Juniors in Helsinki, Finland. These charges come after the Swiss have already lost blueliner Fabian Haldner to an automatic one-game suspension after receiving a match penalty during Saturday’s game.
Switzerland’s Chris Egli Suspended Three Games for Hit
Egli was suspended for a hit on Sweden’s William Nylander during Saturday’s opening match between the Swedes and the Swiss.
The hit in question occurred near centre ice with just over five minutes remaining in the first period. Nylander had just gained possession of the puck and was turning to move up the ice when Egli came in and delivered a check to the head to Nylander, who dropped to the ice and then had to leave the game.
The Panel confirmed that Egli’s hit is in violation of rule no. 124 Checking to the Head or Neck. The Panel also determined had Egli had ample time to alter his approach to avoid violently checking Nylander in the head, that his actions endangered the safety of his opponent and that supplemental discipline is applicable.
Egli will miss the remainder of the preliminary round. He’ll be able to return for the playoff round — or the relegation round — depending on how Sweden does without him in the lineup.
Switzerland’s Calvin Thurkauf Suspended One Game for Boarding
Swiss forward Calvin Thurkauf will also miss his club’s next game, after hitting Sweden’s Adrian Kempe from behind during Saturday’s game.
The violation occurred in the Swiss zone 11:12 into the second period in the preliminary round game between Sweden and Switzerland. Near the end boards Swedish forward Adrian Kempe gained possession of the puck, after which Thurkauf came into the play and hit Kempe with a hard check to the back shoulder, causing his head to crash hard against the glass. Kempe had to leave the ice following the hit and did not return to the game.
The Panel determined that Thurkauf’s actions were in violation of Rule No. 119 Boarding, and that supplemental discipline should be applied.
Thurkauf is eligible to return to the lineup for Switzerland’s game against Canada on Tuesday.
Swiss Defenseman Fabian Heldner Suspended for Hit to the Head
Switzerland’s Fabian Heldner will also sit for Sunday’s game against Denmark. The Swiss blueliner received an automatic one-game suspension after a hit to the head violation. Heldner’s helmet contacted the head of Joel Eriksson Ek, leading to Heldner’s ejection and one-game ban.