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Jeglic suspended

Jeglic suspended

Slovenia forward to miss two games

Published 07.05.2017 10:13 GMT+2 | Author Adam Steiss
Jeglic suspended
Jeglic received a two-game suspension. Photo: Matt Zambonin / HHOF-IIHF Images
The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has issued a two-game suspension to Team Slovenia forward Ziga Jeglic, for a kicking violation.

Jeglic will miss his teams’ upcoming game against Canada on Sunday and against Norway on Tuesday.

The violation occurred  in front of the Slovenia bench at 28:53 in the 2nd period of the game against Switzerland on 6 May. Switzerland forward Thomas Rufenacht was involved in an altercation with Slovenian forward Robert Sabolic, when Jeglic approached the bench to change over the boards. In the moment he was sitting on the board and swinging his other leg into the player bench, Jeglic extended his right leg forcefully against Rufenacht, hitting him with the skate blade against his right shoulder and neck area. No penalty was assessed.

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.

Jeglic will be eligible to return for Slovenia’s game against Finland on 10 May.


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