On Sunday afternoon, the International Ice Hockey Federation’s disciplinary committee dropped the hammer on Team Canada defenceman Braden Schneider with a one-game suspension following his illegal check on German forward Jan-Luca Schumacher. The play in question occurred during Canada’s 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship tournament-opener on Saturday evening.
Schneider, 19, was ejected just eight-and-a-half minutes into the opening period of Canada’s 16-2 blowout victory over Germany, following a devastating open-ice hit that left Schumacher dazed and confused both on the ice and later on the German bench. Officially, the New York Rangers’ 2020 first round selection (19th overall) was handed a five-minute major for checking to the head and a 10-minute game misconduct.
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“Without any regard to the puck at any time and seeing his opponent in a vulnerable position, Schneider delivers a body check to the head of Schumacher,” the IIHF wrote in a statement Sunday. “Schneider delivers the check slightly elevating his shoulder, hitting his opponent directly in the head. Based on all facts ascertained, the Disciplinary Panel determined that – while Schneider’s elbow was down and while there was a size difference between the two players – because Schneider slightly elevated his shoulder into Schumacher’s head resulting in the player’s head snapping back, Schneider actions were extremely dangerous, created a serious risk of injury to Schumacher and violated IIHF Official Rule 124 (Checking to the Head and Neck Area). Schneider could have easily avoided the check.”
Hailing from Prince Albert, SK., Schneider has spent the past three seasons on the blueline of Manitoba’s Brandon Wheat Kings and grew up idolizing former New Jersey Devils’ bruiser Scott Stevens. Suiting up as an alternate captain of the Wheaties, the 6-foot-2, 210-defender is known for his physicality, while also providing much offence from the back-end. Scheider has seen his points total increase each year, with a combined 16 goals, 88 points and 84 penalty minutes in 185 regular season WHL contests. He led all Brandon defencemen with seven goals and 42 points in 60 games last season.
With the official ruling being a one-game suspension, Schneider will now miss Canada’s second game of the tournament, which is set to take place on Sunday evening against fellow Group A team, Slovakia.
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Puck drop on Sunday’s game featuring Canada and Slovakia is set for 5:00 PM central. That matchup can be viewed live on TSN in Canada and on the NHL Network in the United States.