MALMÖ – The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has issued a one-game suspension to German forward Lukas Laub. He will miss Germany's deciding relegation game tomorrow.
The suspension comes as a result of a hit on Norwegian defenceman Erlend Lesund during Friday’s second relegation round game between Germany and Norway.
During the latter half of the second period, Laub checked Lesund from behind causing him to be thrown violently into the boards, hitting his head on the ridge where the boards meet the glass. Lesund fell to the ice appearing to be injured on the play and required assistance off the ice from team training staff, but later returned to the game. Laub was assesed a five-minut boarding major and a game misconduct at the time.
After speaking with the game officials and holding a review with the player, the Disciplinary Panel determined that Laub had a responsibility to slow his approach from behind prior to making contact with Lesund, and that the violent manner in which Lesund was thrown into the boards was reckless and endangered his safety. Therefore the Panel decided that Laub would be suspended for his team’s next and final game of the World Juniors against Norway.