Canada makes final cut while Mathew Dumba could face ban

Canadian defenceman Mathew Dumba was assessed a kneeing major against Sweden in a pre-tournament...

Canadian defenceman Mathew Dumba was assessed a kneeing major against Sweden in a pre-tournament game on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency/Files)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:19 PM ET

Canada's roster for the 2014 world junior is set.

But that doesn't mean there might not be some upheaval.

Coach Brent Sutter cut forward Felix Girard on Sunday, bringing Canada’s roster to 22 players.

Yet when Canada opens the tournament in Malmo, Sweden, on Thursday against Germany, it’s unclear whether defenceman Mathew Dumba will be on the ice.

Loaned to Canada by the Minnesota Wild, Dumba was assessed a kneeing major and a game misconduct during a 3-0 exhibition loss against Sweden on Sunday in Angelholm, Sweden, after he hit Erik Karlsson.

There is the possibility that Dumba could be suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

That would leave Canada in a tough spot, since defenceman Griffin Reinhart will miss the first three games of the tournament as he finishes serving a four-game suspension that was levied at the 2013 world juniors in Ufa, Russia.

If Dumba gets suspended, Canada would be down to five defencemen. Canada’s final roster is due to the IIHF on Wednesday.



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