Forget games. These guys are handing out suspensions in months.
The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation has suspended Mitch Versteeg for three months for kneeing. Versteeg, with Nitra in the Slovakian Extraliga, delivered a brutal knee that caused a season-ending injury for Dukla forward Petr Ölvecky. Now Versteeg will join him on the sidelines.
Now that’s a severe penalty from the Svk Extraliga: D Mitch Versteeg was suspended for 3 months for kneeing Peter Ölvecky (ex-Wild)
— Bernd Freimueller (@bfreimueller) December 2, 2016
“Given the seriousness of the surgery and subsequent injuries,” said the official release, “Nitra player Mitch Versteeg’s actions are punishable by a three-month suspension.”
While no penalty details were available, Versteeg received 27 minutes in penalties from referees Milan Adamec and Milan Novak during the game.
Versteeg, a native of Lethbridge, is in his first season in the Slovakian league. He posted three goals and three assists, along with 55 PIM, in 23 games this season. He previously spent time in the German Elite League (DEL) and Asia League (AIHL). His last North American hockey came in 2012-13, when he suited up in the ECHL for the Trenton Titans and the Kalamazoo Wings.