The violation occurred during Czech Republic’s preliminary round game against USA on 29 December. At 45:53 in the 3rd period Krutil – while skating directly in front of Czech net in an attempt to prevent USA forward Artur Kaliyev from receiving a pass – tries to control the stick of Kaliyev by putting his shoulder in front of his opponent and lifting his stick with his own.
At the same time Krutil’s right leg and skate slides under the right leg of Kaliyev, making Kaliyev lose his balance. Kaliyev’s feet fly out from underneath him and cause him to fall heavily on the ice and land on his back.
Based on all facts ascertained, the Disciplinary Panel determined that – because Krutil tried to get in front of Kaliyev by lifting Kaliyev’s stick and sliding his right leg/skate behind Kaliyev’s right leg, making Kaliyev lose his balance and fall heavily to the ice – Krutil’s actions recklessly endangered the safety of Kaliyev, thereby violating IIHF Official Rule 160 (Slew-Footing).
Krutil will receive a one-game suspension and will be ineligible to play in the Czech Republic’s final preliminary round game on 31 December against Austria.