Team Canada’s Joe Felino is suspended 5 games at the IIHF World Championships due to a knocked leg

Team Canada and Red Wings forward Joe Felino has been suspended five games at the 2023 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships for violating International Kickball Federation rules. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Felino stomped on Swiss captain Nino Niedereiter’s leg with his skates in the second half of the loss to Switzerland on Saturday.
  • The officials did not call for a shouting order on Felino but later issued a two-minute minor penalty to Niedereiter for his response to Felino.
  • The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships Disciplinary Committee announced that Felino will miss Canada’s next five matches starting with the match against Norway on Monday.

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Felino, 23, violated a section of the IIHF rules that describes kicking as “the act of a player using his skate(s) with a kicking motion to propel the puck or make contact with an opponent.”

Felino was not suspended during his NHL career but was suspended for one game during the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for head-butting.

Niedereater to reporters After Saturday’s match, Filino’s move “doesn’t belong to our sport” and described it as dangerous.

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