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Blue Jackets prospect may face suspension for questionable hit in WJC prelim

Dec 22, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

Team Canada’s shootout win over Sweden in preliminary action wasn’t without some controversy.

Forward Boone Jenner, a top Blue Jackets prospect, delivered what appeared to be a late hit on Swedish forward Jesper Pettersson. Jenner received a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct and faces discipline by the IIHF that could put his status in doubt for the World Junior Championships which begin on December 26.

Here’s video of the play courtesy of HockeyVideoHD on YouTube.

Mark Masters of TSN heard from Jenner who defended the hit.

“It happened pretty fast,” Jenner said after Canada’s 2-1 shootout win. “I was just in on the forecheck, forechecking hard, just trying to finish my check and thought I made sure my arm and my shoulder were down so I thought it was a clean hit.”

Pettersson had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher. If Jenner is given a lengthy suspension, Team Canada will be down two forwards after Charles Hudon had to leave due to a back injury. Mark McNeill replaced him on the roster.

  1. trick9 - Dec 22, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Someone needs to explain the rules to him. The hit was arguably clean but it was very late hit targeting an unsuspected player. IIHF gives away suspensions far too easier than NHL and i can see Jenner missing the whole tournament because of this suspensions. Especially now that its confirmed that resulted in injury to that player.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    That wasn’t terribly late by NHL standards (especially when you take into account that Jenner had lined him up and was moving in for the hit before the pass was made), but this isn’t the NHL. In the soft style of hockey such as the IIHF wants to force everyone to play, that’s probably a suspendable hit.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    This has become a yearly tradition for the North American teams in this tourny. They deliver either a clean hit or one that should be a minor penalty and the Euro refs slap them with five and game.

    This one was a bit late. Interference for sure, but a suspendable hit? I don’t think so. Unfortunately I’m not on the IIHF committee that will be deciding his fate.

  4. habsman - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    He also cost the Canadians big time last year when he received 5 and a game for spearing vs. Russia. Might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  5. dutchman1350 - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Not dirty, as his elbow was down, but a bit late. Should have been a 2 minute roughing penalty, however the fragile Euro was hurt, so he will get suspended.

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