REGENSDORF, Switzerland - Ian White is leaving the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
The Canadian defenceman has a sore neck and will travel back to Toronto on Wednesday to be examined by doctors. White isn't sure exactly what caused the injury, but he's been feeling its affects for the past couple days. He played just one period of Sunday's game against Norway and sat out Monday when Canada faced Finland.
Even though White doesn't think the injury is serious, he wants to consult with members of the Toronto Maple Leafs medical team and allow time for his neck to heal.
"We're just going to err on the side of caution and just make sure it's taken care of," said White.
He had one goal and three points in five games at the world championship.
With the Canadian team now preparing for the medal round at the event, it's a tough time for White to be heading home.
"It's terrible," he said. "You really want to be a part of it. This is what it's all about here. It's really tough but what're you going to do? I just play the cards that I'm laid."
He's the second player to leave the Canadian team because of injury. Forward James Neal went back to North America last week after suffering an eye injury.