UFA – Canadian defenceman Griffin Reinhart has received a four-game suspension at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World U20 Championship. He will miss the bronze medal game against Russia on Saturday.
The infraction occurred at 14:21 of the second period in the Canada-USA semifinal on Thursday.
As per the IIHF Disciplinary Panel review and interpretation of the situation, Reinhart entered the corner with the puck and was checked by USA forward Vince Trocheck. Both players became tangled up with Reinhart dropping to his knees. Trocheck made contact in an attempt to continue to play the puck.
Once on his knees, Reinhart made eye contact with his opponent, raised his stick and delivered a two-handed slash to the head and neck area of Trocheck, who fell to the ice as a result of the infraction. Reinhart was assessed a minor penalty for high-sticking. There was no apparent injury incurred by Trocheck.
Following the conclusion of the game, the Tournament Chairman asked the Disciplinary Panel to review this incident according to rule 510.
Upon review of the video material, the written referees’ report, the verbal report of the referee supervisor and the hearing with the player and a senior team official, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel deemed this action to be very careless, dangerous and avoidable, and for this the player shall be held accountable.
Based on the aforementioned, the Disciplinary Panel came to the unanimous conclusion that although there was no injury to the opposing player, the action was dangerous to the safety of Trocheck and was avoidable. The decision by the panel is to suspend Reinhart for four games.
This means that Griffin Reinhart cannot play in the bronze medal game with Canada versus Russia on January 5, and is not eligible to play in the first three games of the next IIHF championship in which he may participate.