Team Canada defenceman Jared McIsaac suspended one game for head hit

Canada's Jared McIsaac lines up for a faceoff during second period IIHF world junior hockey championship action. (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Team Canada defenceman Jared McIsaac has been suspended for one game at the World Junior Hockey Championships for a hit to the head and neck area of Czech Republic forward Jachym Kondelik.

McIsaac, 18, will miss Canada’s final preliminary round game on New Year’s Eve against Russia. The Detroit Red Wings prospect has an assist in three games for Canada during the preliminary round.

The incident occurred in the third period of Canada’s 5-1 win over the Czech Republic when McIssac made contact with his left shoulder to Kondelik’s head and neck area. McIsaac was not assessed a penalty on the play.

McIsaac will be eligible to return for Canada in the playoff round. They currently sit atop Group A with nine points and can secure the top seed with a win over Russia.

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