Three players are facing suspensions at the 2013 World Championships today as Canada’s Luke Schenn, Austria’s Daniel Welser and Belarus’ Ilya Kaznadei will all be suspended one game each.
Schenn got an automatic one game suspension due to the match penalty in yesterday’s game against the Czech Republic for checking Zbynek Irgl from behind. Irgl left the ice with an injury following the incident. Welser is suspended after receiving a game misconduct for slashing against Finland. Welser put his stick between the legs of Finnish defenseman Lasse Kukkonen and drove it into the groin area of the opponent. Kaznadei wasn’t even penalized for his check to the head of Norway’s Anders Bastiansen, but the IIHF disciplinary panel deemed his hit illegal and handed him a one game suspension as a result.
In other news, Team Canada announced that they had added Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban to the blue line core for the remainder of the tournament.
Subban was named a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy last week, given annually to the top defenseman in the NHL. Subban lead NHL defensemen in scoring with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games this season, a feat considering he missed a few games at the beginning of the season due to no contract. Subban played in two World Junior Championships, winning two gold medals in 2008 and 2009.
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