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IIHF hands Canada’s Reinhart a four-game suspension

Jan 4, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

Griffin Reinhart, fourth overall pick by the New York Islanders, shakes hands during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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The IIHF has announced that New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart will be ineligible to play for Team Canada in the upcoming Bronze Medal Game and three additional matches after high-sticking America’s Vince Trocheck during the semifinals on Thursday.

The incident occurred after Trocheck and Reinhart became tangled up while fighting for the puck. While on his knees, Reinhart hit Trocheck in the head and neck area with his stick, which caused Trocheck to fall. Reinhart received a two-minute minor for high-sticking while Trocheck didn’t appear to sustain an injury.

The IIHF’s Disciplinary Panel determined that “the action was dangerous to the safety of Trocheck and was avoidable,” but Hockey Canada senior director of hockey operations Scott Salmond strongly disagrees with that assessment.

“Surprised, shocked,” Salmond said in a Toronto Sun report. “I was in the hearing today with Griffin. I read the referees’ report. Griffin stated his case and said all along it was an accident.

“I believe it was an accident. The four officials on the ice believe it was an accident. No question in my mind we will appeal.

“I never questioned the officiating. I thought it was a good call on the ice. I thought they did their due diligence, talked about the play, and today that was overruled to the point of a four-game suspension.”

An appeal would take place in mid-January, so Reinhart still won’t play for the bronze medal.

“As I was tripping, I lost balance and my stick rode up his stick,” Reinhart said. “Completely accidental. A four-game suspension is a shock but there is nothing I can do about it now.”

Canada will face Russia on Saturday with the bronze medal on the line. After the conclusion of that contest, Team USA and Sweden will compete for the gold medal.

  1. ibieiniid - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    wowwww… that’s too much for that clear accident. hell, 1 game would have been too much for that play.

    GO U S A !!!

  2. sportsfan69 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    It should have been a 5 minute major.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Canada is like the pens last playoffs. Getting outplayed? LetS play dirty

    • bucrightoff - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      And Americans are like…Americans. Had they lost yesterday they would act like hockey doesn’t exist, but win and they are suddenly fans. Weird…

      • danphipps01 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        You mean like roughly the entire “fan”base in LA?

      • bcisleman - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Can’t speak for others but I am going to be 57 in a few days and have been a hockey fan as long as I can remember. I live in Terrace, BC–Hockeytown 2009–and am about as big a fan as anybody in town and I am an American. Clinging to stereotypes may make you feel good but look foolish.

  4. kingfooj - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    im american, saw the play, saw the call. It was clearly accidental, hence the non reaction for the US players on the ice. Even the 2 minutes looked like an iffy call at the time. International reffing really makes you wonder sometimes..

    • kitshky - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Thing is, after all these years we don’t really need to wonder … we know exactly how inept they are.

    • Sean - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      I’m a US hockey fan and agree with the penalty call on the ice. It was not a 5 minute major (no blood was drawn and it was not intentional). The suspension is ludicrous and over the top. It was clearly accidental and drew no adverse reaction from me when I saw it happen. However, it was worthy of a 2 minute minor as the rule states “player must be in control of his stick at ALL times”. This applies to even when a player is falling or flailing.

      Good call on the ice. Bad call on the suspension.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Ah, the IIHF strikes again. I had no idea they were even considering suspending him until now.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Oh, don’t worry, they probably didn’t either.

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      I just don’t understand IIHF’s rational for suspending him like that ? I’ve seen worse in this tournament get a lot less of a penalty, or suspension .

  6. bcisleman - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Didn’t see the play and have yet to see a replay. Griff seems like a good guy and doesn’t have a rep as a nasty player so I tend to believe him that it was accidental. Hopefully this gets knocked down to a game. Sucks for him that he won’t be in the medal game.

  7. shortsxit34 - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    As an American, the call on the ice was correct. The high stick was avoidable, dangerous and careless. But it wasn’t malicious. It didn’t result in an injury. I’m not sure where the suspension came from.

  8. rico33rd - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Suspension is a joke, US player took in stride like North Americans do. Good luck to both in their medal games. Enjoy the rivalry, but will never cheer or a European against US or Canada.

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