Sasha Treille suspended 4 games by IIHF for hit at World Championships

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

On Sunday we showed you a brutal head shot from the IIHF World Championships when French forward Sasha Treille destroyed Kazakhstan forward Roman Starchenko as he skated through the neutral zone.

Treille received a match penalty and an automatic one-game suspension for the hit. On Monday the IIHF announced that Treille has been suspended an additional four games, which all but ends his participation in the tournament this year.

According to the IIHF it is the harshest suspension in the modern era of the tournament for an on-ice incident, and is matched only by the four-game banishment Mika Hannula received for cross-checking Sidney Crosby from behind during the 2006 tournament.

The IIHF has little tolerance for head shots and its announcement of the suspension points out how this "further underscores the IIHF's commitment to eliminate hits to the head and neck area."

Eliminate hits to the head and neck area? What a concept.

The only way Treille will appear in another game for France at the tournament this year is if the team somehow advances past the round-robin stage, which doesn't seem like it's all that likely to happen. France was able to defeat Kazakhstan 6-3 on Sunday, but was demolished by the United States 7-2 in its first game and is currently losing to Canada on Monday in similar fashion.

Its remaining games are against Finland, Switzerland, Belarus and Slovakia, all of which should be able to defeat France.

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