Canadian forward Ryan Getzlaf was suspended for one game Friday, being Canada’s first game of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki, for kneeing Slovakia’s Juraj Mikus in May’s quarterfinal match of the 2012 championship.
Getzlaf was assessed a five-minute penalty plus a game misconduct with 2:32 remaining in regulation time for kneeing Mikus at centre ice. The Slovak player needed to be helped off the ice, and Slovakia scored the game-winning goal on the ensuing power-play.
Getzlaf’s actions were not reviewed onsite by the tournament’s panel and were instead put forward to the IIHF disciplinary panel because it happened in Canada’s last game of the tournament.
The panel concluded that Getzlaf’s knee was not deliberate but was potentially dangerous. It was taken into consideration that Mikus was able to continue playing in the tournament.
Getzlaf can appeal the decision to the IIHF council within the next 30 days.
Denamark’s Jannik Hansen (one game for roughing) and Latvia’s Koba Jass (two games for roughing Erik Karlsson) were also handed suspensions Friday that will take effect in the 2013 tournament.
Watch Ryan Getzlaf’s suspension-drawing knee on Juraj Mikus: