The International Ice Hockey Federation apparently did not share the same opinion as Canada head coach Steve Spott.
Two days after Boone Jenner delivered a hard open-ice hit to Jesper Pettersson of Sweden -- causing a dislocated shoulder and broken wrist for the Swedish defenseman -- the IIHF underwent a thorough disciplinary review of the hit, which became a hot topic of conversation in the hockey world over the weekend.
Video footage of the hit and replays show Pettersson making a transition pass out of his own zone, and about a second later, absorbing a massive hit from Jenner that sent him hard to the ice. The IIHF says in its press release that Jenner's suspension comes as a result of the hit being late, and with no intention of making a play on the puck.
Both Jenner and Spott spoke with TSN and media on-site after the game against Sweden and defended the hit. Jenner said he thought the hit was clean because he kept his arms and shoulders down, and was simply "finishing his check." Spott agreed and didn't think the incident merited supplementary discipline.
Alas, a three-game suspension for Jenner was announced this afternoon, meaning he will miss Canada's games against Germany, Slovakia and the United States.
Hockey Canada had the option of filling Jenner's roster spot with a call-up, but according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, they will "ride it out" and go with centers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Philip Danault, Ryan Strome and recent addition Mark McNeill, who was named to Canada's roster after an injury to Charles Hudon.
Here is the full text of the IIHF disciplinary verdict:
"Jenner was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct penalty for charging after a late hit on Swedish defenceman Jesper Pettersson in the second period of an exhibition game on 22 December in Helsinki, Finland. The Swedish defenceman was carried off on a stretcher and was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist. Pettersson is out for the U20 World Championship.
In accordance with IIHF By-Law, Article 501, game misconducts, match penalties or any incidents that occur before, during or after pre-Championship exhibition games must be reported to the IIHF Disciplinary Committee for review and possible supplementary disciplinary measures.
The video material indicated that the hit was late and delivered with no intention to play the puck and with Pettersson being in a vulnerable position. The five-man IIHF Disciplinary Panel is of the opinion that the application of playing rule 552b (Charging) is correct and that it was Jenner’s intention to deliver the forceful check in spite of having the opportunity to at least make an attempt to avoid contact on Pettersson.
The hit was delivered far too late. This resulted in an injury to Sweden’s Pettersson and for this Jenner is to be held accountable. Based on the video material as well as the referee’s report and the relevant game reports, and following a hearing, the panel came to the conclusion that the infraction was dangerous."