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Canada's Kassian to miss next two games

Wednesday, 12.29.2010 / 11:55 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

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Canada's Kassian to miss next two games
International Ice Hockey Federation tournament disciplinarian Dan Marouelli has levied an extra one-game suspension on Team Canada forward Zack Kassian for his second-period hit on Czech Republic defenseman Petr Senkerik on Tuesday.

Kassian will miss Wednesday's game against Norway and, now, Friday's big matchup with unbeaten Sweden. He was ejected from his team's 7-2 victory at the 5:53 mark of the second when his shoulder connected with the chest and neck of Senkerik. He was assessed a match penalty, which brought with it an automatic one-game suspension.

Marouelli announced this morning that he had doubled the punishment.

Senkerik was removed from the ice via a stretcher and, following numerous tests, returned to his hotel late Tuesday night. He was held out of the team's practice Wednesday.

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