Accountability only for players at IIHF events?

Canada's Griffin Reinhart looks on during team practice at the 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey...

Canada's Griffin Reinhart looks on during team practice at the 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Terry Koshan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

Transparency, but apparently only when the International Ice Hockey Federation sees fit.

Though it took time to dissect the Griffin Reinhart four-game suspension with reporters Saturday, the IIHF didn't bother telling Hockey Canada that it holding a news conference to explain in detail why it felt Reinhart intended to hit United States forward Vince Trocheck in the head with his stick during a semifinal Thursday.

So no Hockey Canada officials were present, something one of them later called "ridiculous."

The IIHF played the video several times in slow-motion for reporters to try to prove that Reinhart knew exactly what he was doing when he struck Trocheck, who was not hurt.

"You have a responsibility with your stick to play the puck with it," said former NHL referee Dan Marouelli, who sits on the IIHF disciplinary panel with Jeff Sauer of the U.S. "In this case he was really irresponsible. He had no reason to raise that stick the way he did. He was careless.


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