Swiss forward suspended three games for ‘violently checking Nylander in the head’


The disciplinary panel at the World Juniors has suspended Swiss forward Chris Egli three games for Saturday’s hit that injured Swedish forward William Nylander.

From the IIHF:

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.

As for Nylander, the 19-year-old Leafs prospect is feeling better, but his return to the tournament remains in doubt: