Boone Jenner finds himself in hot water yet again, this time for a late hit.
The feisty forward was ejected in the second period after being assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging after a late hit on Sweden's Jesper Petterson. The contact came in Canada's 2-1 victory Saturday in Helskinki, Finland, in its final warmup game before the start of World Junior Hockey Championships.
It came nearly a full second after Petterson sent a cross-ice pass in his own zone. It's clear from the video that the player wasn't suspecting any sort of contact.
This is not the first time that Jenner has found himself in hot water during a World Junior Hockey competition and his history will surely come into account as the International Ice Hockey Federation reviews the tape of the hit.
Canadian coach Steve Spott tried to validate the Jenner's actions after the game, telling the National Post:
...ultimately, our feeling is (the hit) was shoulder-to-shoulder. If anything, maybe interference or a charge but definitely not something that’s worth suspending because although Boone is an aggressive player, he didn’t target anybody’s head and he didn’t leave his feet.
While that may be the case, this is surely a prime example of a late hit, and it could end up forcing the loaded Canadian squad to bring over a replacement for Jenner, should a suspension occur.
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