Up and down day for Germans

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

HALIFAX -- A German defenceman born and raised in Morinville has been sent home as an ineligible player from IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Jason Holland, who played for Canada and won gold at the 1996 World Junior, was turned in as an ineligible player by his own federation yesterday and immediately sent home.

The IIHF dealt with the case but decided not to rule by the book and didn't take away a German win against Slovakia which would have dramatically altered the standings and today's schedule.

Following Germany's 3-2 loss to Norway last night, Canada will face the Norwegians today at 1:30 p.m.

Holland, who had one assist in the tournament, was born in Morinville in 1976 and played junior with the Kamloops Blazers. He was a second-round draft choice of the New York Rangers but spent most of his pro career in the AHL with Buffalo and Los Angeles farm teams before joining ERC Ingolstadt for the 2005-06 season where he continues to play under coach and former Edmonton Oiler Mike Krushelnyski.

The IIHF rule is a player who plays two years in the nation, if he's never played for another country, is eligible to play for the national team. But having been a member of Team Canada at a World Junior requires four years in the nation before being eligible.

Dodged bullet

After a directorate meeting it was decided the Germans will not forfeit any previous results at the championship. It was decided that the crime would not fit the punishment if the result was overturned and Slovakia was given a 5-0 win of a game they'd lost 4-2.

"We found out at noon and immediately informed the IIHF," said German GM Franz Reindl.

"I take full responsibility."

Holland, however, signed a form attesting to his eligibility.

"Yeah, but you know players and signing things," said Reindl.

"He thought he was eligible. He made a mistake with the two-year and four-year rule, we made a mistake not checking it and even the IIHF made a mistake. We all missed it."

Reindl said he was prepared to accept the punishment.

"I'm more than happy. It was a sporting decision. It was ruled that sportsmanship overruled paperwork."

It was definitely Germany's day in the barrel yesterday.

Before the Holland case was dealt with there was the curious case of Florian Busch.

Crazy tale

In an era of sports doping stories galore, this was a new one. Busch, a German forward, was in limbo when the World Anti-Doping Agency requested the IIHF suspend the player as a result of his refusal to produce a urine sample when an out-of-competition request was made prior to the team travelling here for the tournament.

After answering his door and refusing the random test, Busch made himself available a couple hours later and passed.

Yesterday, the IIHF ruled he could continue in the tournament.

But the story was a bit on the sensational side.

"He didn't do anything illegal, other than to tell somebody to get away from his front door," said Germany coach Uwe Krupp.

"I don't know how to put this delicately. His girlfriend was in his apartment at the time and he was not so inclined to make himself available at that moment for the test. He didn't want to deal with that person then and there.

"He's not a doping offence. He was in a private moment and didn't want to deal with the controller. A couple hours later he took the test and passed.

AS THE WORLDS TURN: USA Hockey announced Colorado Avalanche defenceman Jordan Leopold and New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky have been added to the roster and captain Jeff Halpern and goaltender Tim Thomas have been sent home as a result of injuries suffered in their game against Canada Tuesday.


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