Canadian Kassian, Slovaks Marincin, Hrasko suspended at World Junior Championship

Three players have been suspended by the IIHF at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo for dangerous hits to the head.

Canadian Zack Kassian was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his hit on the Czech Republic’s Petr Senkerik in Tuesday’s game. IIHF disciplinary single judge for the tournament, Dan Marouelli, ruled to suspend Kassian for one extra game after watching replays from every available angle, reviewing medical reports and talking to the on-ice officials.

Slovakia had two players receive suspensions for infractions during Tuesday’s game against the USA. Peter Hrasko was issued an extra two game suspension for a hit to the head on American Jerry D’Amigo. It was ruled Hrasko deliberately targeted D’amigo’s head.

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Slovak defenseman Martin Marincin was issued an extra three-game suspension for his hit to the head and neck area of American Jason Zucker. The ruling was made due to Marincin’s distance travelled to deliver the hit, which deemed it a premeditated act.

Kassian will miss Canada’s game against Norway. Hrasko will miss Slovakia’s games against Switzerland and Finland, while Marincin will miss those, plus the first game of the medal or relegation round.