Top Danish defenseman Matias Lassen will miss his team’s next game against Canada on Monday after delivering a head check to Switzerland’s Timo Meier at the end of Denmark’s game on Sunday.

With just one second left in Denmark 2-1 victory over the Swiss, Lassen hit the San Jose Sharks prospect hard in the head with his shoulder. He was assessed a 5 minute major and an automatic game misconduct penalty for the hit, which was called for being a hit to the head.

With the ban, Lassen will be able to return to action on December 30th against Sweden. He’ll miss out on Denmark’s game against Canada on Monday, a match that should easily go the way of the defending champions.

Playing in his second World Juniors for Denmark, Lassen has played in 32 games with Swedish pro league team Leksands IF, recording five points in his rookie season.

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