Boone Jenner has paid a heavy price for a thundering check.
The Canadian forward has been suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation for the first three games of the 2013 world junior championship for his hit on Swedenâs Jesper Pettersson during an exhibition game on Saturday.
Jenner was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct for the open-ice hit. Pettersson, a defenceman, was carried off the ice on a stretcher and later was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and fractured wrist.
Jenner, who played for Canada at the world junior last winter, would be eligible to return for Canadaâs game against Russia on New Yearâs Eve. Jenner, a member of the Oshawa Generals and a Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick, will miss preliminary-round games against Germany, Slovakia and the United States.
"That's kind of out of my control now," Jenner told TSN before Mondayâs punishment was handed down. "I thought it was a clean hit."
As did Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson.
"It was not a malicious hit,â Howson told the Columbus Dispatch. âIt was a little late."
But Team Sweden GM, Tommy Boustedt, saw the hit as late, describing Jennerâs contact as being more malicious and with âintent.â
Canada already has had to replace another forward, Charles Hudon, who suffered a back injury. Mark McNeill was summoned from the Prince Albert Raiders to fill Hudonâs spot.
Final rosters have to be registered with the IIHF by 4 p.m. local time in Ufa, Russia (5 a.m. Eastern) on Christmas Day.
Canada, if it so chooses, can replace Jenner on the roster with another player