Ten players suspended

Disciplinary Panel investigates several cases from last season

27.07.2012
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Ryan Getzlaf’s infamous kneeing against Juraj Mikus was one of the incidents investigated by the IIHF Disciplinary Committee after the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Photo: Jeff Vinnick / HHOF-IIHF Images

ZURICH – The IIHF Disciplinary Panel consisting of Gerhard Mösslang (chairman), Ivo Eusebio, Martin Holmgren, Janko Popovic and Rob van Rijswijk (secretary) reviewed several cases from seven games in various World Championship events in the 2011/2012 season and suspended ten players.

The cases were brought forward by the directorate chairmen of the respective tournaments.

The decisions also include three incidents from the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship that were not reviewed by the tournament’s panel on site but were put forward to the IIHF Disciplinary Panel because the incidents happened in the last game of the players’ respective teams.

The decisions can be appealed by each player to the IIHF Council according to IIHF Disciplinary Regulations Article 3.6. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the IIHF General Secretary within 30 days after receipt of this decision.

2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Ryan Getzlaf

Canadian player Ryan Getzlaf was suspended for one game, being Canada’s first game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki, for his kneeing in the quarter-final game against Slovakia.

Getzlaf was assessed a five-minute plus game misconduct penalty with 2:32 remaining in regulation time for his kneeing at centre ice on Slovakia’s Juraj Mikus, who had to be helped off the ice. The ensuing power play eventually led to Slovakia’s game-winning goal in the quarter-final game.

The panel concluded that Getzlaf’s action was not considered deliberate but potentially dangerous. It was taken into consideration that Mikus was lucky to be able to continue to play further on in the tournament. The panel also concluded that Getzlaf extended his knee and could have avoided making contact with his knee. As he did not, he therefore took the risk to injure his opponent.

2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Jannik Hansen

Danish player Jannik Hansen was suspended for one game, being Denmark’s first game of the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Group F to be played in Denmark, 7-10 February 2013.

Hansen was assessed a game misconduct penalty for fisticuffs or roughing in Denmark’s preliminary-round game against Norway. He was actively involved in attacking Norwegian players Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Martin Røymark and Mats Rosseli Olsen in a scrum.

The panel concluded that although the linesman tried to prevent Hansen from continuing his action, the player ignored these attempts and searched for new confrontations with his opponents. Hansen could not be calmed down. This resulted in sending the player off the ice and into the dressing room in order to prevent any further escalation.

2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Koba Jass

Latvian player Koba Jass was suspended for two games, being Latvia’s first two games of the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Group E to be played in Riga, Latvia, 7-10 February 2013.

Jass was assessed a game misconduct penalty for fisticuffs or roughing in Latvia’s preliminary-round game against Sweden.

He and his opponent, Erik Karlsson, were sent to the penalty box for roughing after a body check off the play from Jass at 7:43 of the third period. After both players had served the minor penalties and left their penalty box, Jass skated towards his opponent to start another fight at 9:51.

Jass continued fisticuffs and made no attempt to stop even though Karlsson only defended himself and did not fight back. The panel concluded that this act was inexcusable and unjustifiable.

2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, Switzerland vs. Denmark

Several players were penalized at the end of the Switzerland vs. Denmark relegation-round game with match penalties or game misconduct penalties for fisticuffs or roughing.

Each of the following players received a one-game suspension:

Melvin Nyffeler, Switzerland, was assessed a match penalty and will be suspended automatically for Switzerland’s first game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Julian Schmutz, Switzerland, was considered very active and involved and will be suspended for Switzerland’s first game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship in Ufa, Russia.

Søren Mortensen, Denmark, was assessed a match penalty and will be suspended automatically for Denmark’s first game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A in Amiens, France.

Morten Brodersen, Denmark, was considered very active and involved and will be suspended for Denmark’s first game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division I Group A in Asiago, Italy.

No further disciplinary action was taken against other players involved in the incident, namely Swiss players Lukas Balmelli, Nicola Brandi, Riccardo Sartori, and Danish players Mads Larsen, Nikolai Gade and George Sørensen.

2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division III, Batzaya Purevdorj

Mongolian player Batzaya Purevdorj was suspended one game, being Mongolia’s first game in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship III Qualification in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Purevdorj was assessed a match penalty in his team’s game against Greece for abuse of officials and unsportsmanlike conduct.

The panel did not receive any written comments or request of a hearing after the opening of the case. Based on the referee report the panel came to the conclusion that the player deliberately showed obscene gestures and that he herewith abused this person.

2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division III, Ethan Henare

New Zealand’s player Ethan Henare will be suspended for two games after receiving a match penalty and a game misconduct penalty under the rules 521 (Butt-Ending) and 550 f. (Abuse of officials and unsportsmanlike conduct by players) in the game against China.

The panel came to the conclusion that with 4:25 remaining in regulation time, Henare butt-ended his Chinese opponent with force in the higher stomach area causing the player to briefly go down.

After the match penalty had been assessed, the player was skating towards the dressing room, but then he turned and made an obscene gesture and provoked the spectators by making provocative movement with both his arms.

Henare received apart from the automatic one-game suspension for the match penalty an additional one-game suspension for his unsportsmanlike conduct, which brings the total of games suspended to two, being New Zealand’s first two games in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships Division II Group B to be held Izmit, Turkey.

2012 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, Matic Podlipnik

Slovenian player Matic Podlipnik will be suspended one game, being Slovenia’s first game of the 2013 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship in Dresden, Germany.

Podlipnik was assessed a game misconduct penalty for spearing in the bronze medal game against Finland.

Based on the reports and the DVD, the panel came to the conclusion that with four seconds remaining in the game and Finland leading 9-4, Podlipnik came from behind the Finnish goal skating behind the goalie – who was positioned next to the goal with his back towards Podlipnik – and speared the goalie in the back of the lower part of his leg.

The panel is of the opinion that the player made deliberate contact and that the act was completely unnecessary. The goaltender was not injured on the play.


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