After his late hit that broke the ribs of one Sweden's Jesper Petterson, Boone Jenner has been suspended by the IIHF for three games in the World Juniors.
Luckily for Canada, only one of their first three games is against a contending team, so this suspension is not exactly crippling. Even so, it should serve as a warning to Canada in the future that actions like Jenner's are not acceptable.
Jenner will miss games against Germany, Slovakia, and the USA.
Jenner was previously suspended by the IIHF in last year's World Juniors for spearing Evgeni Kuznetsov.
Press release from the IIHF:
UFA – Canada forward Boone Jenner has been suspended three games at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship which opens in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday, 26 December.
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 Petterson.
The hit was delivered far too late. This resulted in an injury to Sweden’s Petterson 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.
The ten participating teams will register their championship rosters at the Tournament Directorate meeting on December 25 at 16:00 local Ufa time.