Team Sweden eliminated Team Canada from the quarterfinals at the World Hockey Championships Thursday, winning in a shootout despite ignoring years and years of evidence that Daniel and Henrik Sedin should not be used in such situations. Both twins missed on their attempts, and yet, somehow, Team Canada still found a way to lose. That’s incredible.
Anyway. With the loss, Dan Hamhuis’s World Championships are officially over.
But so too are Alex Edler’s. While the rest of his brethren from the tournament’s host nation will move on to the semifinals versus Finland — the archnemesis with which they share the weirdly suggestive-looking Scandinavian peninsula – Edler has been suspended for the remainder of the tournament after his kneeing incident with Team Canada captain Eric Staal.
Sadly, the IIHF doesn’t do suspension videos. This might have upset us at some point in the past, but after two seasons of Brendan Shanahan raising more questions than he answers with his short films, we’re okay. (Plus, do we really want European suspension videos? Sure, they’d be much more artistic, with symbolism, character development and mise-en-scène, but they’d also be subtitled, and reading is the worst.
After reviewing the video evidence and the respective reports, including the Game Supervisor Report, the Referee Supervisor Report, the verbal medical report and the report from the hearing with the player, the panel has determined that Edler should have been penalized with a match penalty as he was in clear violation of the playing rule 536b (Kneeing).
On the play, Edler was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct.
The disciplinary panel deemed Edler’s action as reckless, dangerous and that it was in disregard to the vulnerability of his opponent and for that he must be held accountable.
Tough break for Edler, but he got off extremely lucky. For one thing, he’s not the one who has a long rehab ahead of him.
For another, last season in the NHL, Kevin Porter was suspended four games for a similar hit on David Booth, coming a long way to make a brutal, injurious hit. I doubt it was malicious, because I’m not sure Edler is ever present enough to be malicious, but it was the most reckless thing I’ve ever seen him do.
If Edler had made this hit in the NHL, considering he’s now a repeat offender under the collective bargaining agreement (and he hit a big-time star), it’s reasonable to wonder if Edler might have been flown to New York to give the DOPS the option of suspending him for five games or more.
As it stands, Edler will only miss two: the match with Finland, and well as the gold or bronze medal game that follows. But that’s it. His next foray into international play will likely be at the Sochi Olympics, and he’ll be available for every game. He can breathe a sigh of relief over that.
In the end, there are a lot of different ways to attest to the fact that, fifth and final Northwest Division title notwithstanding, this wasn’t a very good year for the Canucks. But here’s the one that smacks my gob the most: Alex Edler was suspended twice this year.
Alex Edler. The guy best known for napping. The All-Star defenceman so nondescript that, even if you close your eyes and concentrate really hard, you probably can’t imagine what he sounds like when he speaks, and if you google his last name and “soft-spoken Swede”, you get nearly 10,000 results. This guy developed a reputation as a bad person this year. He went heel. It’s unbelievable.Tags: alex edler, World Championship