Slovenia’s Ziga Jeglic will be suspended for just two games (!?!) of the IIHF World Championships after one of the more dangerous cheap shots we’ll see in hockey.
During the second period of Saturday’s game between Slovenia and Switzerland, Switzerland’s Thomas Rufenacht and Slovenia’s Robert Sabolic were tangled near the boards. As Jeglic attempted to enter the bench area, he stopped and deliberately kicked Rufenacht in the neck … with his skate.
No penalty was called for the incident, which was absurd. Rufenacht was fortunate to not be injured from the kick.
On Sunday, IIHF issued a statement on the incident, announcing Jeglic’s suspension.
Based on all facts ascertained, the Disciplinary Panel determined that while Jeglic indicated that his only intention was to enter the bench as fast as possible, he intentionally and forcefully extended his leg in the direction of Rufenacht, risking to hit him in a vulnerable and dangerous position and so endangered the health of his opponent.
Jeglic would have had space to change further away or pull his leg over the board in a different way. There is a clear swinging motion with his skate directed to the neck and head area of Rufenacht. Jeglic’s kicking action demonstrated obvious intent as he swings his leg into the bench and attempts to kick his opponent in the head and neck area, a violation of Rule 152-Kicking, and warrants a two-game suspension. This was a very dangerous and reckless action that could have resulted in a serious injury.
But two games? That seems quite lenient for someone who essentially forced a blade against another person’s neck.
(h/t Yahoo! Sports)
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