Team USA captain Luke Kunin was ejected from his club’s New Years Eve match against Team Canada for a late hit on Philippe Myers.

Myers did not return to the game. He’s doubtful for the remainder of the tournament, having suffered a concussion on the hit.

Kunin was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct by referees Anssi Salonen and Daniel Stricker.

From the IIHF Rulebook:

Rule 150 – Interference: A player who obstructs or prevents an opponent without possession of the puck from skating, receiving a pass, or moving about the ice freely.

vii. A player who injures or recklessly endangers an opponent by interference will be assessed either a major penalty and automatic gamemisconduct penalty or a match penalty

Here’s another look at the hit:


Myers likely won’t be back for the duration of this year’s World Juniors.

No word from the IIHF on whether Kunin will also miss time.