Canada’s Braden Schneider given game misconduct for illegal check to head

Germany's Jan-Luca Schumacher (18) is injured after a hit by a Canada player during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action. (Jason Franson/CP)

Team Canada defenceman Braden Schneider was ejected from Saturday’s game against Germany following a check to the head of forward Jan-Luca Schumacher.

The play occurred midway through the first period, as Schneider lined up Schumacher for the hit and caught him in the head. Schneider, a New York Rangers prospect, was given a five-minute major and game misconduct.

Schneider could receive further discipline including a one-game suspension from the IIHF. Canada opened its preliminary round action in Group A on Saturday. The team will face Slovakia on Sunday.

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