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Two games added to Edler's IIHF suspension

Tuesday, 07.30.2013 / 9:23 AM / News

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Two games added to Edler's IIHF suspension
IIHF Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler for two additional games

The International Ice Hockey Federation Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler for two additional games, relating to a knee-on-knee hit at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

The decision means Edler, if he makes Sweden's Olympic team, will have to sit out the first two games. He was one of 13 defensemen invited to the country's Olympic orientation camp.

Edler, playing for Sweden at the Worlds, collided with Canada center Eric Staal in the first period of a quarterfinal game. Staal left the game and was diagnosed with a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Staal is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.

At the time of the incident, Edler was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct, and after the game he was suspended for the duration of the tournament, which meant he had to sit out the semifinals and gold-medal game.

However, the disciplinary committee at the Worlds only could penalize for that tournament. Further supplementary discipline exceeding the duration of the tournament was handled by the IIHF Disciplinary Committee, and after a hearing last week in Zurich, Switzerland, the decision was made to add two games to Edler's suspension.

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