Switzerland forward Chris Egli will have to sit out the remainder of the preliminary round of the World Juniors after hitting William Nylander in the head on Saturday.

During the first period of the Sweden’s opening game, Nylander took the puck in the neutral zone before Egli came in and delivered a big check to the head. Egil would be ejected from the game while Nylander would have to leave the remainder of the contest as well.

Nylander, the top scoring AHLer heading into the tournament with the Toronto Marlies, is expected to miss at least their next game against the United States, but no official update has been confirmed yet by Swedish officials. The Tre Kronor did start their tournament off well, easily defeating Switzerland by a score of 8-3.

Egil wasn’t the only Swiss player suspended on Sunday, with Calvin Thürkauf earning a one-game ban for boarding LA Kings prospect Adrian Kempe early in the game.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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