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Wild’s Dumba won’t be suspended for World Juniors

Dec 23, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

Hockey Canada has learned that defenseman Mathew Dumba won’t be suspended for kneeing during a pre-World Junior tournament game against Sweden on Sunday, according to TSN.

The incident occurred in the second period when Dumba went knee-on-knee with Swedish forward Erik Karlsson in a 3-0 loss for Canada.

Dumba was given a five-minute major and game misconduct:


The Canadian team was concerned about the potential for a suspension, given fellow defenseman Griffin Reinhart will miss the first three games of the World Junior tourney stemming from a suspension levied last year, when he received four games for high-sticking U.S. forward Vincent Trocheck during the semifinals.

Reinhart went on to miss the bronze-medal game against Russia.

  1. Professor Fate - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Dumba stuck his leg out as far as he could in a pretty obvious intent to injure. He was close enough to make a legal check, but chose to try and hurt the other player. If that isn’t a suspend-able offense then there’s no such thing.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I wouldn’t say that he tried to use his knee, rather that he was trying to cut while also trying to hit him up high with his shoulders and elbows. Having said that, he definitely doesn’t attempt to move his knee out-of-the-way. I’m surprised that he did not get suspended for this

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