Boone Jenner is at his best when he plays on the edge, and sometimes, a player of his ilk can push the envelope.
His role on this year's Canadian squad at the World Junior Hockey Championship figures to be more of a grinding, third-line type with so many elite players on the roster. With that comes the responsibility of playing a high-energy, physical brand of hockey that disrupts the flow of the opposition.
In today's 2-1 shootout win by Team Canada, Jenner delivered a hit to Sweden's Jesper Pettersson as the latter attempted to transition the puck out of the zone. Pettersson released the puck, and seconds later, absorbed a significant check from Jenner that sent him tumbling to the ice in obvious pain.
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced this afternoon that Pettersson suffered a dislocated shoulder and broken wrist as a result of the play, and it remains to be seen whether the player's injuries give way to a heavier suspension. Pettersson will miss the entire World Junior tournament.
Jenner spoke to TSN's Mark Masters after the game and said he felt the hit was clean, and he hopes Pettersson is going to be OK.
"I was in on the forecheck, forechecking hard and I was trying to finish my check," Jenner told TSN. "I thought I made sure my arm and my shoulder were down, so I thought it was a clean. I heard (Pettersson) was hurt with his shoulder and I just hope he's OK and everything works out."
The next step is awaiting word of possible supplementary discipline, but for the time being, Jenner is trying to block that out of his mind.
"It's kind of out of my control now," he said. "I thought it was a clean hit and I was finishing my check. I think that's up to other guys now, so we'll see."