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by Paul on 07/29/14 at 10:42 AM ET
Updated with a second video and a note at 11:56 AM, and yes, the hit was awful--Abdelkader left his feet, he launched himself into Sobotka's head and he deserves the suspension--George's note:
The IIHF Disciplinary Committee recently dealt with several cases from the past championship season. Among the suspended players are Justin Abdelkader and Nikolai Antropov following incidents occurring at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended three games for a check to the head and neck area of Czech player Vladimir Sobotka at 6:41 of the second period in the teams’ quarter-final encounter on 22nd May.
Supported by the video and the report of the championship’s disciplinary panel, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board concluded that after Sobotka had shot the puck, Abdelkader did not alter his path nor attempt to play the puck but followed through with what appeared to be a lunge, leaving the ice with his feet and delivering a very forceful check striking Sobotka in the head and neck area with his shoulder. Sobotka immediately fell to the ice. He was escorted from the ice by his team’s medical staff and did not return for the remainder of the game but did return to play in the two following games.
Watch the hit below [edit: and if you don't recall the incident, George wrote about it in February]
Edit/update: Here's another video of the hit:
Also of note from Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy:
One thing to note here is that the suspension is soley for the 2015 World Championships. Should Abdelkader be unable to participate in the tournament next year for whatever reason, the ban would not carry over into 2016.
Update #2: Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough posted a slightly higher-quality version of the 5-minute clip:
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