Patrick Peter suspended
by Martin Merk|12 MAY 2019
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Disciplinary Panel has suspended Austrian player Patrick Peter for one game due to a checking to the head and neck area infraction.

The incident occurred at 11:33 of the first period in yesterday’s game between Latvia and Austria. Latvian player Roberts Bukarts was about to receive a pass in his own zone but didn’t touch the puck. Peter moved towards Bukarts and delivered a bodycheck hitting Bukarts’ head with his shoulder.

Peter’s feet also left the ice while delivering the bodycheck making him fall as well, landing on Bukarts. Bukarts fell to the ice and remained on the ice shook up for a little while before getting up and skating back to his team’s bench.

Peter was assessed a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct by the on-ice officials.

Based on the above facts the panel determined that the actions were dangerous, creating a serious risk of injury and violating IIHF Official Rule 124 (Checking to the Head and Neck Area).

The player was assessed a one-game suspension to be served in today’s game against Russia.