LAPPEENRANTA – The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has issued a three-game suspension to Russian forward Danil Vovchenko for a check from behind during Russia’s preliminary round game against Canada. Vovchenko will miss the rest of the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship.
The incident occurred during the final preliminary round game between the two teams on 22 April. At 12:27 of the first period Canada player Brayden Point was playing the puck close to the front of the boards with his back facing the open ice. He was approximately 1.5 meters away from the boards when Vovchenko pushed him directly in the lower back with force causing Point to crash violently into the boards head-first.
Point was able to skate off the ice on his own power but did not return to the game, while Vovchenko was assessed a five-minute major and twenty minute game misconduct on the play.
Upon reviewing the play the Panel determined that Vovchenko made no attempt to play the puck or to avoid the check, but chose to check Point from behind into the boards. It was further determined that Vovcheko’s action was violent and dangerous to the safety of the player, caused injury and was avoidable.
Therefore the Panel has issued a three-game suspension to Vovchenko, meaning he will miss the rest of the tournament.