Team Canada will be without the services of forward Boone Jenner for the first three games of the upcoming World Junior Championships. That's how many games the International Ice Hockey Federaton suspended Jenner for on Monday following his hit on Sweden's Jesper Pettersson on Saturday.
The IIHF made the announcement with the following explanation. Just imagine Brendan Shanahan is reading this to you with the above accompanying video in the background.
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. It unanimously decided to suspend Jenner for the first three games of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship on 26 December against Germany, on 28 December against Slovakia and on 30 December against the United States.
While Canada does still have time to make an adjustment to its final roster if it wants to, TSN's Bob McKenzie says don't expect that to happen. Canada will leave Jenner on the team.
For the American fans, this is a bit of good news. The three-game ban means that Jenner will have to sit out the game against the United States. Jenner, who was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Blue Jackets, has 27 goals to go with 20 assists in 32 games this season for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. It's clearly a blow for Canada, though it has plenty of depth to fill in.
Not that it had much, if any, bearing on the IIHF's decision, but Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson defended Jenner's hit on Saturday to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
"It was not a malicious hit," Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. "It was a little late."
The IIHF deemed it late enough to deliver a three-game suspension.
Pettersson left the arena in an ambulance after being taken off the ice on a stretcher, and he won't get to play in the tournament at all because a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist.