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Canada’s Jenner suspended three games by IIHF

Dec 24, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended Team Canada forward Boone Jenner three games for a hit on Swedish defenseman Jesper Pettersson.

As a result, Jenner will miss Canada’s opening three matches of the 2013 World Junior tourney against Germany, Slovakia and the U.S.

The incident occurred during Saturday’s exhibition in Helsinki. Jenner caught the Swedish defenseman with a heavy hit in the second period and received a five-minute charging major and game misconduct.

Pettersson left the ice on a stretcher and was later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist. The injuries knocked him out of the tournament.

Here’s the explanation for Jenner’s suspension, courtesy IIHF.com:

The video material indicated that the hit was late and delivered with no intention to play the puck and with Pettersson being in a vulnerable position. The five-man IIHF Disciplinary Panel is of the opinion that the application of playing rule 552b (Charging) is correct and that it was Jenner’s intention to deliver the forceful check in spite of having the opportunity to at least make an attempt to avoid contact on Petterson.

The hit was delivered far too late. This resulted in an injury to Sweden’s Petterson and for this Jenner is to be held accountable.

And here’s the video of the hit:

This isn’t the first time Jenner’s received supplementary discipline from the IIHF.

At last year’s WJC Tournament, he was suspended from Canada’s bronze medal game after spearing Russian captain Evgeni Kuznetsov in the semifinals.

Related: Jackets GM Howson defends Jenner’s controversial hit

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Ridiculous. The IIHF at its worst. He already got a game misconduct, one more game would have been enough. At least those are three less-than-formidable opponents he’ll be watching from the press box.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      I totally disagree 1943. As someone who usually cheers for Canada, I see this Jenner kid has not learned from a past suspension, so seems to need remedial education. Late hit and his latest victim is out of the tourney. I hope he cleans up his game.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        He’s past suspension was also for a spear, which was stupid. This was not a stupid play.

      • trick9 - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        He got away for head-hunting that Finnish player last year. Later on that tournament he speared someone. Clearly he has not learned and this should be longer suspension, so that Canada don’t even need to bother adding him into the team and instead get someone else.

      • badintent - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        You’re 100 % right. Jenner’s in training to be a future NHL thug /enforcer. Too bad Scott Stevens isn’t around to hip check this snot nose punk.Eric Lindross knows about him.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    @nothanksimdriving123: I’d hope all of Team Canada gets its act together and stays out of the penalty box, but I also don’t want to see them shy away from the physical game. It’s a tough line to walk.

    In the NHL this would’ve been an interference minor, 5 and a game at worst, definitely not a suspension. His coach would probably commend him for finishing his check (in fact I think Spott did). It’s hard to tell a guy who plays hard like this to hold back.

    • dancloutier39 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      That’s the thing though, the IIHF has always had a different standard than the NHL and to evaluate the severity off NHL standards isn’t realistic. That said, I have mixed feelings on the length. At best they’re suspending him for 50% of Canada’s games which seems harsh considering the hit itself wasn’t bad, it was just several seconds late, although the serious injury is certainly being factored in. On the other side, suspending him for the game against Germany doesn’t mean a thing when it will hardly mean anything.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    @cloutier: I know, it’s tough, but you don’t really expect this kind of punishment for that sort of hit. You want your guys to go out and play hard and soften the other guys up even if it means a penalty or two. 3 games out of a potential 6 or 7 after the original game misconduct is just too much for this.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    First off, I’m Canadian & am a passionate one at that. You have to have blinders on if you didn’t think a suspension was coming. This is the very definition of a late hit, with no intention of playing the puck with an intent to injure. Jenner was also suspended last year. That coupled with the previous things I mentioned made this outcome what it was. If he wasnt injured & Jenner didn’t get suspended last year I think your looking at a game maximum, but that wasn’t the case. All in all a pretty fair ruling

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      I don’t know about intent to injure but other than that I agree. I just thought the suspension would be one game or two tops. Although I guess it’s possible the IIHF realized that without suspending him for the game vs. the US this wouldn’t be much of a punishment at all for Canada.

  5. shortsxit34 - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    1943, I think you have to consider a few things:

    The play not only resulted in an injury, but an injury that will force a kid to miss the entire tournament.

    This play doesn’t really fall in line with “playing physical.” The hit was dirty. Play hard, play physical, but play clean.

    You can’t apply NHL standards here. This is the IIHF. Players know how to adjust their game based on different rules and officiating standards. Just look at how quickly Canada and the US adjusted to the Olympics.

    Even more importantly, this is Junior hockey. These are just kids, not professionals.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      I know the play resulted in an injury, but I’ve said in the past that penalizing based on the severity of a resulting injury doesn’t make much sense. Either a hit is dirty or it’s not.

      That hit was not dirty, it was at most a second too late. Elbows down, skates on the ice, no head hunting, contact made with the shoulder. Only problem here was that it was interference.

      I’m not saying because this is worth a minor penalty in the NHL it should be the same here. I’m saying that by comparison it should’ve been a game or maybe two.

      These are kids with their sights set on turning pro so I’m not sure what difference that last point makes.

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        It was much more than “a second too late.” The puck was long gone and Pettersson had no reason to believe Jenner would just keep coming and drill him. This play is the definition of dirty with intent-to-injure.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        It was about a second too late, which is still late but doesn’t qualify as malicious intent to injure. Just ask Bob McKenzie.

  6. shortsxit34 - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    The point is that it doesn’t matter if they’re hoping to turn pro. They’re still kids. You can’t apply NHL standards to IIHF or Junior hockey.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      Like I said, I’m not applying NHL standards, I’m using NHL standards to facilitate a comparison.

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Actually, it sounds like you’re trying to make excuses for an obviously dirt-bag hit.

  7. blomfeld - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Your two eyes for my one …

    As most everyone knows from life, the only “true and lasting” answer to the thug or bully is to exact upon them the same “pain and trauma” that they so gleefully exacted upon you … only it should be “double” so that they are sure to learn from the folly of their ways and never cause upset again. The thug or the bully has but one right … and that right is to be crushed under the “heel of retribution” with utter swiftness and ferocity.

  8. wethog66 - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Looked very late and very dirty. The kid got off easy, IMO. He should be suspended for the same amount of this tournament the kid he laid out is going to miss. The entire thing.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      A point I was going to make. If a player making an obviously illegal hit like that were suspended for the same amount of time as the player he hurt is out this sort of crap would stop immediately.

  9. bills4 - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    He’s a dirty player. Where is there room in this sport for guys like this. Could have been a few more games. Hell be playing again before the swedish kid, that’s for sure!!!

  10. jaybird22seven - Dec 25, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    It’s called finishing your check. This is how hockey is being taught in Canada. There was nothing dirty about the hit. Yes it was a little on the late side I agree. If the kid from Sweden wasn’t hurt this would be a non issue.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      It was more than “a little on the late side” which immediately defines it as dirty. Nice job of blaming the incident on Pettersson for having the unmitigated gall of ending up hurt. As though he somehow “deserved it,” right? All of the responsibility here belongs entirely to Jenner for displaying poor judgment and a mile-wide mean streak. Lemme guess, you’re an Akin/Mourdock fan, too….

  11. shortsxit34 - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    A late hit is a dirty hit. A dirty hit that resulted in a serious injury.

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