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Plutnar suspended one game

Plutnar suspended one game

Czech forward penalised for contact with official

Published 29.12.2013 22:35 GMT+1 | Author Adam Steiss
Plutnar suspended one game
MALMO, SWEDEN - DECEMBER 28: Canada's #17 Connor McDavid and Czech Republic's #27 Michal Plutnar battle for the puck during Preliminary Round action - 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Francois Laplante/HHOF-IIHF Images)
The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has handed down a one-game suspension to Czech Republic defenceman Michal Plutnar.

The suspension comes following an official review of an incident involving the player and linesman Eduard Metalnikov during the December 28 preliminary round game against Canada. Plutnar will miss the Czech Republic's next game on 30 December against Germany.

At the conclusion of the second period, Plutnar went after Canadian forward #17 Connor McDavid when McDavid shot the puck into the Czech goal after time expired. While trying to get to McDavid, Plutnar appeared to push Metalnikov to the ice as the linesman attempted to intercede between the two players. He was assessed a roughing penalty at the time as a result of the action.

Upon further review, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel decided that, while it was not the intent of Plutnar to intentionally injure Metalnikov, the player did in fact make deliberate contact to remove him from his position, thus preventing him from doing his job by knocking him to the ice and thus endangering his safety.

Therefore, the Panel decided that additional disciplinary measures should be taken in the form of a one-game suspension, meaning that Plutnar will miss his country’s next preliminary round game on 30 December against Germany.


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