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Sens’ first-rounder Noesen declared ineligible for World Juniors

Dec 17, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

Stefan Noesen

Team USA’s chances of getting back into the medals at the World Junior tournament took a hit on Monday as the IIHF announced it would uphold forward Stefan Noesen’s 10-game suspension from the Ontario Hockey League.

Noesen, 19, was Ottawa’s first-round selection (21st overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and pegged to be a key member of the American team for the upcoming tournament in Ufa, Russia.

Just one problem — on Dec. 8, Noesen was suspended 10 games for charging while playing for OHL Plymouth.

He’s since served three of the 10 games but, with the OHL on holiday break from Dec. 15-27, his suspension will still be ongoing when the WJC tourney begins on Dec. 26.

IIHF bylaws note that “player suspensions will apply to participation in both ice hockey and In-line hockey competitions irrespective of the competition in which the offense giving rise to the suspension occurred.”

Noesen was one of four Americans taken in the first round of the ’11 draft — J.T. Miller, Connor Murphy and Tyler Biggs were the others — and has been a solid contributor for the Whalers this season, leading the team in goals (17) while posting 26 points in 26 games.

The U.S. failed to medal at last year’s tournament and was dropped to the relegation round for the first time since 1999.

  1. acieu - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Once again Canada Hockey tries to eliminate the competition by having the OHL suspend this poor unassuming non violent American Hockey player.

    • zetaone - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      The IIHF is not a Canadian organization lol…

    • elvispocomo - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      Note to poster: Sarcasm doesn’t translate well in written form.

  2. soj83 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    So does this mean Jonathan Huberdeau will have to miss time during the tourney for his suspension? he has a 4 game suspension. not trying to stoke the USA/Can rivalry, but i am just curious.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      I was thinking the same thing, I’m not sure how Huberdeau is allowed to play but this kid isn’t.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Turns out Saint John had already played 4 games by the time he was in Calgary

      • soj83 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        i’m still a little confused on this. did those games take place when he was in team Canada’s camp? if so, his suspension wouldn’t start until his loan to team Can is up, right? like i said, i am curious about this because this situation is something i’ve never really heard of leading up to a tournament like this. 2 suspended players, one not allowed to play and the other is. and from the articles on this page, it seems like Noeson’s suspension was because of a play a lot worse than Huberdeau’s, so i am not just playing the “Canada gets away with everything and team USA doesn’t” card.

      • id4joey - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        Not so. Here are the details;
        Source = Internet
        He received an automatic suspension for instigating the fight and an automatic three-game suspension for abusing an official, after a linesman was injured in the altercation. The incident happened on Dec 10th.

        Here are the 4 games he is not eligible to play because of the suspension;
        Dec 11 Saint John at Halifax
        Dec 16 Saint John at Cape Breton
        Dec 18 Saint John at Moncton
        Dec 28 Saint John at Acadie-Bathurst

        So, why is he allowed to play from the start of the tournament? You’d think he would be eligible after Dec 28.

      • id4joey - Dec 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        Correction, Sea Dogs will have played four games since the game the incident occurred; Dec 11, 14, 16, 20. So, you’re consipiracy theory is purely fabricated, and is as American as apple pie.

  3. broadstbully33 - Dec 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Of course hubradeu will play he is a Canadian. They only force other countries to prospects out of the tournaments. Sleepy

  4. loinstache - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    The IIHF isn’t Canadian you Mccarthyists.

  5. id4joey - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    There are no rules preventing a player from practicing when serving a suspension that resulted from an on ice incident. Now, if he had played in a IIHF sanctioned tournament/game, then that would have been an issue.

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