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Egli suspended three games

Egli suspended three games

Swiss forward out for preliminary round

Published 27.12.2015 11:48 GMT+2 | Author Adam Steiss
Egli suspended three games
Chris Egli will miss Switzerland's three remaining preliminary round games. Photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship Disciplinary Panel has issued a three-game suspension to Swiss forward Chris Egli for a checking to the head violation.

Egli will miss the remainder of his team’s preliminary round games but will be eligible to return should Switzerland advance to the playoff round.

Egli’s suspension came as a result of a hit on Swedish forward William Nylander during Switzerland’s opening tournament game against Sweden.

The hit in question occurred near centre ice with just over five minutes remaining in the first period. Nylander had just gained possession of the puck and was turning to move up the ice when Egli came in and delivered a check to the head to Nylander, who dropped to the ice and then had to leave the game.

The Panel confirmed that Egli’s hit is in violation of rule no. 124 Checking to the Head or Neck. The Panel also determined had Egli had ample time to alter his approach to avoid violently checking Nylander in the head, that his actions endangered the safety of his opponent and that supplemental discipline is applicable.

Egli is eligible to return to either the playoff round or relegation round depending on where Switzerland finishes in the standings.


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