The International Ice Hockey Federation’s Disciplinary Committee has suspended USA forward Mikey Eyssimont one game for kneeing Swedish defenseman Rasmus Sandin.

Eyssimont was ejected from Tuesday’s IIHF World Championship game for the hit by referees Mike Langin and Andre Schrader.

The hit came just 5:03 into the match. Eyssimont, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, caught Sandin knee-on-knee as the defenseman was moving the puck and trying to avoid contact.

The former Leaf – and current Capitals blueliner – was injured on the play and did not return to the game.



The IIHF rule is quite similar to the NHL’s for kneeing. From Rule 50:

Kneeing is the act of a Player leading with their knee and in some cases extending their leg outwards to make contact with their opponent.

The Referee shall, at their discretion, assess a Minor Penalty, based on the severity of the infraction, to a Player guilty of “kneeing” an opponent.

The Referee, at their discretion, may assess a Major Penalty to a Player guilty of “kneeing” an opponent, and who recklessly endangers the fouled Player in a way that at the discretion of the Referee such Player would not be sufficiently sanctioned by imposing a Minor Penalty. A Game Misconduct Penalty must be assessed anytime a Major Penalty is imposed for “kneeing”.

The Referee, at their discretion, may assess a Match Penalty if, in their judgment, the Player recklessly endangers their opponent by “kneeing”. Such assessment of reckless endangerment shall be based on the severity of the infraction, severity of the contact, the degree of violence and the general reprehensibility involved.


Sandin listed as day-to-day for Thursday’s upcoming game between Sweden and Latvia.

Team USA is matched up against Czechia in the Quarterfinals. They’ll have to do it without Eyssimont in the lineup. 


From the IIHF

The 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Disciplinary Panel has issued a 1-game suspension to USA Forward Michael Eyssimont for violating Official Playing Rule 50 (Kneeing). The incident occurred at 05:03 in the 1st period of Game #53 (SWE v. USA) on 23.05.2023.

Eyssimont will miss USA’s upcoming game, specifically, Game #57 (USA v. CZE) of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Thursday 25 May 2023.